Some Key Books Focused on the Field of Organization Development (OD)

Assembled by Carter McNamara, MBA, PhD

Note that the field of OD encompasses a wide variety of business-, management- and organization-related practices. Therefore, a list of OD-related books could well be exhaustive in length. The following are some of the major books focused primarily on the field of OD. This short list is by no means meant to represent the singular "foundation" texts in OD. Rather, the list is a good starting point from which to gain some basic understanding of the profession of OD.

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Some Major Texts About the Field of OD

Organization Development and Change
Sixth Edition, by Cummings and Worley. South-Western Publishing, 1997. Available from Amazon Books.

Practicing Organization Development : A Guide for Consultants
by Rothwell (Editor), Roland Sullivan (Editor), Gary N. McLean. Pfeiffer & Co., 1995. Available from Amazon Books.

Organization Development Classics : The Practice and Theory of Change -- The Best of the OD Practitioner
by Van Eynde (Editor), Judith C. Hoy (Editor), Dixie Cody Van Eynde (Editor), Donald Van Eynde (Editor). Jossey-Bass, 1997. Available from Amazon Books.

An Annotated Bibliography of Books on Organizational Behavior and Development

Peter Vaill provides an extensive, annotated bibliography of organizational behavior and development books. (To read the bibliography, you will need the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
An Annotated Bibliography of Foundational Literature in Organizational Behavior and Development

Another list of OD books -- this time suggested by members of a LinkedIn group about OD.
List of suggested OD books

A bibliography of change-related books from the Department of Human Resource Management from Virigina.gov

"Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development"

This author's book is about the field of OD and combines major practices from the field with major practices from the field of consulting, as well.
Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development


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Consulting and Organization Development - Book Cover Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development
by Carter McNamara, published by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Provides complete, step-by-step guidelines to identify complex issues in for-profit or government organizations and successfully resolve each of them. This book is also helpful to organizations that are doing fine now, but want to evolve to the next level of performance. This is one of the truly comprehensive, yet practical, books about this complex subject! Includes online forms that can be downloaded. Many materials in this Library's topic about guiding change are adapted from this comprehensive book.
Consulting and Organization Development With Nonprofits - Book Cover Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development With Nonprofits
by Carter McNamara, published by Authenticity Consulting, LLC. Provides complete, step-by-step guidelines to identify complex issues in nonprofit organizations and successfully resolve each of them. This book is also helpful to organizations that are doing fine now, but want to evolve to the next level of performance. This is one of the truly comprehensive, yet practical, books about this complex subject! Includes online forms that can be downloaded. Many materials in this Library's topic about guiding change are adapted from this comprehensive book.

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Growing Your Organization

The following books are recommended because of their highly practical nature and often because they include a wide range of information about this Library topic. To get more information about each book, just click on the image of the book. Also, a "bubble" of information might be displayed. You can click on the title of the book in that bubble to get more information, too.



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