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Organization Development and U.S. Institutions of Higher Education: A Thematic Meta-Synthesis of Approaches and Practice
by Overstreet, Kirk E., Jr., Ph.D., Benedictine University, 2017, 128; 10587690
Abstract (Summary)

Organization Development (OD) has been used in a variety of ways to improve organizations both large and small. Interestingly, the institutions that teach and conduct research on organizations have been slow to adopt or utilize OD approaches and practices in their own institutions. This dissertation will use a thematic meta-synthesis approach to examine the case studies that have been conducted in which OD initiatives have been used in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) between 2000 and 2015. It will look to synthesize the main themes of these case studies in an effort to create a new grounded theory of OD practice for HEIs. The study looked at 34 case studies (12 articles and 22 dissertations) that took place at a mixture of public and private universities and colleges in the United States from 2000 to 2015. Using a qualitative thematic meta-synthesis approach allowed the research to uncover the prevailing themes and discuss in a macro sense how OD has been applied to HEIs.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sorensen, Peter
School: Benedictine University
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 78/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Organization Theory, Higher education
Keywords: Institutionalization, Meta-synthesis, Organization development, Organization theory
Publication Number: 10587690
ISBN: 978-1-369-68412-4
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