Synopses & Reviews
A volume in both Research in Management Consulting, Series Editor Anthony F. Buono, BentleyUniversity and Contemporary Trends in Organization Development and Change, Series EditorsPeter Sorensen, Benedictine University and Therese Yaeger, Benedictine UniversityThis volume is a joint publication in the Research in Management Consulting and ContemporaryTrends in Organizational Change and Development series. This dual focus reflects the reality thatconsulting for organizational change is a special type of management consultation, a complexfield of endeavor that requires a broad range of skills and competencies. To be truly effective, change-related consulting requires a unique client-consultant relationship, a special set ofconsulting skills, an expertise in human and organizational systems, and significant personalqualities. It is in high demand in a world full of change. Yet, we still know relatively little theoretically about this type of consulting andhave relatively little empirical evidence about what actually works and why.As the contributors amply illustrate, the Organization Development (OD) field has a well developed set of frameworks, technologies, and models of change. Still we need to focus on and learn more about the role of the OD consultant as a special kind of change agent.A goal of this joint volume is to increase that specific body of knowledge and provide an illustration of much needed collaboration inbringing all possible resources to bear on our understanding of an increasingly critical and essential form of consulting.