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Internal Organization Development (OD) Practitioners and Sustainability
by Smendzuik-O'Brien, Juliann Mary, Ph.D., Fielding Graduate University, 2017, 180; 10615674
Abstract (Summary)

Organization development (OD) is a field of scholarship and practice with a tradition of contributions to successful organizational change since the 1930s. In recent years proponents of OD have articulated the need for the field to address global issues, including sustainability. The World Commission on Environment and Development of the United Nations in 1987 published Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, and called for attention to urgent issues of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Subsequent sustainability scholars and practitioners identified organizational and social changes requisite for its achievement. This descriptive, qualitative, empirical study links the two fields. Eleven internal organization development practitioners (IODPs) were interviewed about their role as change agents for sustainability within their organizations. Thematic analysis was used to identify five themes from their responses about their organizations of employment: the constancy of change, the variety and forms of sustainability in evidence, the work of IODPs, organizational relationships of IODPs and their reflections on their practice, and the IODPs’ perspectives on being agents of change. The findings have implications for how IODPs are integrated into the sustainability initiatives of organizations as well as for the education and training of these practitioners.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Farrell, Marie
Commitee: Avramchuk, Andre, Fry, Ronald E., Manning, Michael R., Rogers, Katrina, Seashore, Charles N.
School: Fielding Graduate University
Department: Human and Organization Development
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Sustainability, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Change agent, Internal consultant, Internal od practitioner, Od and sustainability, Organization development, Sustainability
Publication Number: 10615674
ISBN: 978-0-355-15921-9
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