Organization Development for Social Change

38 Pages Posted: 24 Nov 2004  

L. David Brown

Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government - Hauser Center

Jane G. Covey

United for a Fair Economy

Mark Leach

Management Assistance Group

Date Written: February 2004

Abstract

The field of organization development (OD) has emerged from efforts to improve the performance of organizations, largely in the for-profit sector but more recently in the public and not-for-profit sectors as well. This paper examines how OD concepts and tools can be used to solve problems and foster constructive change at the societal level as well. It examines four areas in which OD can make such contributions: (1) strengthening social change-focused organizations, (2) scaling up the impacts of such agencies, (3) creating new inter-organizational systems, and (4) changing contexts that shape the action of actors strategic to social change. It discusses examples and the kinds of change agent roles and interventions that are important for each. Finally, it discusses some implications for organization development intervention, practitioners, and the field at large.

Keywords: organization development, social change, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization

Suggested Citation

Brown, L. David and Covey, Jane G. and Leach, Mark, Organization Development for Social Change (February 2004). HANDBOOK OF ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT, Sage Publications, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=622244

L. David Brown (Contact Author)

Harvard University - John F. Kennedy School of Government - Hauser Center ( email )

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Jane G. Covey

United for a Fair Economy ( email )

Boston, MA 02111
United States

Mark Leach

Management Assistance Group ( email )

Washington, DC 20036
United States

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