Large-Scale Interventions

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Overview of Large-Scale Interventions
Some Specific Large-Scale Interventions

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Overview of Large-Scale Interventions

Robert Rhouda, of the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota, provides a specific, itemized definition of large-scale interventions for organizational change, in his paper, Background and Theory for Large Scale Organizational Change. According to Rhouda, "The major features of large-scale, real-time change management process include:

  1. the theory-base uses less action research and discrepancy theory, and focuses on application of systems theory
  2. the data base source is no longer internal to the organization, but now involves both the organization and its environment (an open-systems approach)
  3. the data base, which formerly had limited availability, is now widely shared throughout the organization
  4. time: what was formerly a slow "waterfall" process is now a fast, quick response which results in immediate action taking place
  5. learning moves from the individual or unit to the whole organization
  6. the responsibility and accountability moves from senior management to a mixture of senior management plus the whole system
  7. the consultant role, formerly reserved for data collection and feedback, now also includes structures and facilities for data analysis and action planning
  8. the change process moves from incremental change to fundamental, organization-wide change"

The following links gives a broad overview of various large-scale interventions.
Background and Theory for Large Scale Organizational Change
Managing Change with Large Scale, Real-Time Interventions
A Parable on Organization Change: Reducing Cycle Time with Large-Scale Technology
Using Real-Time Strategic Change
Whole Field Assessment And The Change Readiness Checklist

Some Specific Large-Scale Interventions

The following might be considered examples of large-scale intervention techniques, although there certainly has been argument about what technically qualifies as such an intervention.
Dannemiller-Tyson Interactive Strategic Planning
Marv Weisbord's Future Search Conference
Dick Axelrod's Conference Model Redesign
Harrison Owen's Open Space Technology
William Stockton's The Mobius Model
Carter McNamara's Integrated Peer Learning Communities
Leadership for Structuring or Systematic Change

General Resources

Leith's Guide to Large Group Intervention Methods
Yahoo! Groups (must register)

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Communication Is The Key To Successfully Implementing Any Large-scale Organizational Change


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