Successful Failures!

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 830–831. Reviews the book, Failures in Organization Development and Change: Cases and Essays for Learning edited by Philip H. Mirvis and David N. Berg (1977). Many failures are successfully documented in this book, yet the editor's contributions fail to capitalize adequately on the richness and diversity of these accounts. Failures in social science are much like the weather. Everyone talks about them But almost everyone would rather publish statistically significant yet trivial research successes rather than invite scrutiny of their personal and professional failures. Therefore, the greatest success of this work lies in its very existence. The book is divided into three parts which correspond to three facets of an organization development (OD) intervention: entry, change, and diffusion. In general, the book speaks for itself and speaks very well. Finally, anyone interested in changing people, groups, or organizations should read this book, closely and often. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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