Dynamics

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 655–656. Reviews the book, Organizational Dynamics: Diagnosis and Intervention by John P. Kotter (1978). This book is another in the Addison-Wesley organizational development series that attempts to bridge the gap between the world of the practitioner and the academician by providing an integrative perspective on organizational dynamics. The book is organized into seven chapters, plus an appendix. The questions posed in the appendix to guide the diagnosis of the dynamics discussed in the body of the book may well be worth the price of the book alone; the appendix is very well done. The first chapter simply discusses the issues surrounding organizational improvement and the basic plan of the book. The dynamics of the model, in the short-run, are discussed in terms of cause-and-effect relationships. Why am I so critical of this book? I think that the author didn't do enough to prepare the executive to understand the dynamics of managing the constructs in the model. Kotter probably has a vast amount of experience and knowledge that could be shared with readers in a format that would improve their knowledge and insight. The failure to cite specific examples and provide meaty examples doesn't help the flow of the materials. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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