The Handbook of Large Group Methods: Creating Systemic Change in Organizations and Communities (Jossey-Bass Business & Management)
Large Group Interventions are methods used to gather a whole system together to discuss and take action on the target agenda. That agenda varies from future plans, products, and services, to redesigning work, to discussion of troubling issues and problems. The Handbook of Large Group Methods takes the next step in demonstrating through a series of cases how Large Group Methods are currently being used to address twenty-first-century challenges in organizations and communities today, including:
Working with widely dispersed organizations, and the problem of involvement and participation
Working with organizations facing a serious business crisis
Working with organizations in polarized and politicized environments
Working in community settings with diverse interest groups
Working at the global level and adapting these methods for cross-cultural use
Embedding and sustaining new patterns of working together in organizations and communities
Two Experts Share Their Knowledge
By Sandra Clark Kolb - August 11, 2006
Billie Alban and Barbara Bunker are well-known in the field of organization development, and in use of large group methods in particular. Their earlier work, Large Group Interventions, is considered THE basic introduction to the multiple methods that have developed for engaging whole systems in organizational change. The current book, which contains a wide range of case studies, shines because of Alban and Bunker's thorough analysis of what the studies have to say. Like good teachers they have organized the material in ways that make sense (e.g., "Working in Polarized and Politicized Environments," "Working Cross-Culturally"), allowing you to focus on the very issues that face you in your work with organizations. And like generous friends they share their own insights and experience, helping you to mine the case studies for all they are worth. I found myself reading all of what Alban and Bunker contributed and dipping in and out of the various case studies as particular issues... read more
Something is missing in this book...
By Lee Say Keng "KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURER/TECHNOLOGY... - October 17, 2006
The Handbook of Large Group Methods: Creating Systemic Change in Organizations and Communities by Barbara Benedict Bunker
I have read the earlier book, 'Large Group Interventions: Engage the Whole System for Rapid Change', by the same authors, in the late nineties. This book actually led me to their new book.
Although I find it very educational to read about how large group methods have been applied to deal with the six major challenges organisations & communities would face in the 21st Century:
- Working with widely dispersed organizations, & the problem of involvement and participation; - Working with organizations facing a serious business crisis; - Working with organizations in polarized & politicized environments; - Working in community settings with diverse interest groups; - Working at the global level & adapting these methods for cross-cultural use; - Embedding & sustaining new patterns of working together in... read more
How These Methods Actually Work In Practice
By Walter L. Willigan "Intellectual Property Con... - January 8, 2007
The strength of this book lies in the fact that it not only provides methodologies and resources for creating change in organizations in the 21st century; but also identifies how these methodologies actually work in practice.
A series of case studies ranges from addressing business issues at American Airlines and the BBC to managing change in organizations in Mexico and Indonesia. The reader is taken on a journey by those individuals who were responsible for implementing large group methodologies in their respective organizations.
By reading about these success stories and the methodologies they employ, you will be able to develop a plan for you own organization that will ensure a higher level of success that would otherwise be possible.
Walter Willigan, President, Willigan Consulting LLC
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