Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Influential women in organization development: Illuminating the path to prominence and the role of knowledge and social influence in the evolution of OD
by Brown, Carol B., Ph.D., Benedictine University, 2009, 266; 3353963
Abstract (Summary)

The collective voice of women in organization development is at once, scholarly, influential, and practical. Yet despite their profound contribution to the field research quantifying and examining their work is non-existent and their stories remain largely untold. This conspicuous absence in literature makes the story of OD an incomplete one. The primary goal of this research is to investigate and discover the early social context of OD, illuminating how women have influenced the field and their path to prominence. Telling their stories by documenting their life experiences is important to understanding their role in the generative evolution of OD.

This study draws from early and contemporary Sociology of Knowledge, Social Influence Theory and Social Structure Theory. It is the first of its kind and was part of an unprecedented but critically needed study of Women in OD. Until now the collective voice of Women in OD has not been heard. Really all women have exerted influence on the field and any exclusion in this study were due to time, space and inability to make contact with certain individuals. This dissertation is meant to be documentation for ALL women to celebrate our contribution to the field as a whole. A discussion and illumination of their contributions cannot wait a moment longer.

The present state of global affairs offers unprecedented opportunity for women to contribute to knowledge and theory creation in OD that would impact the changing forms and contexts of organizations.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Orr, Debra
School: Benedictine University
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 70/04, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Influential women, Knowledge creation, Organization development, Social influence, Social influence theory, Women leaders
Publication Number: 3353963
ISBN: 978-1-109-10926-9
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