New Paradigms in Organizational Development in the 21st Century: Positivity, Spirituality, and Complexity

Organization Development Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2009

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2011

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Fahri Karakas

University of East Anglia, Norwich Business School

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Traditional Organization developement models are giving way to new intervention methods and models in an age of uncertainty, complexity, globalization, and accelerating change. The purpose of this article is to suggest new roles for Organization developement professionals in the 21st century. Drawing from appreciative inquiry, positive organizational scholarship, spirituality, and complexity, the paper discusses the emergence of seven new creative roles for Organization developement professionals: Social artist, ethical pioneer, spiritual visionary, creative catalyst, cultural innovator, holistic thinker, and community builder. This paper invites Organization developement professionals and consultants to consider new paradigms/perspectives and to adopt new roles in organizational interventions for wider impact and better performance.

Keywords: Organizational development, change, leadership, positive organizational scholarship, spirituality, complexity, creativity, appreciative inquiry

Suggested Citation

Karakas, Fahri, New Paradigms in Organizational Development in the 21st Century: Positivity, Spirituality, and Complexity (2009). Organization Development Journal, Vol. 27, No. 1, Spring 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1743445

Fahri Karakas (Contact Author)

University of East Anglia, Norwich Business School ( email )

102 Middlesex Street
London, London E1 7EZ
United Kingdom

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