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Focusing on Organizational Change

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William Q. Judge, Old Dominion University

Copyright Year: 2012

ISBN 13: 9781453332887

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

Language: English

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Reviewed by Robert (Coach Bob) Farmer, MPS, Affiliate Faculty - College of Business, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 7/21/22

The text does include a number of relevant topics concerning Organizational Change (OC). The theory presented provides the author's perspectives in a logical and understandable manner. In reviewing the PDF of the text I would like to see an... read more

Reviewed by Barry Verdin, Associate Lecturer Systems Thinking, Open University on 3/27/18

I was very pleasantly surprised with the breadth of coverage within the publication and the comprehensive approach to change theories and approaches to change both old and new. The author took an holistic approach to change management recognising... read more

Reviewed by Andrew Snyder, Associate Professor , Rhode Island College on 2/1/18

Judge's text provides an effective overview of issues and opportunities occurring before and during a period of change in an organization. I would consider assigning this text as a pre-semester read for my students as it would provide a... read more

Reviewed by Barbara Watters, Assistant Teaching Professor of Psychology, Pennsylvania State University on 2/1/18

The book provided a unique perspective and comprehensive framework on organizational change. Change capability was defined as a multidimensional interaction between interpersonal, intrapersonal, situational, and organizational factors. ... read more

Reviewed by Eric Kong, Senior Lecturer, University of Southern Queensland on 2/1/18

This book does cover most of the areas and ideas in the subject area. It provides an overview of leadership, especially the new leadership mandate for the 21st century in delivering results in the short term on one hand and building organisational... read more

Reviewed by William Thibodeaux, Associate Professor, Undergraduate program Coordinator, Nicholls State University on 12/5/16

This book does cover all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and quite effectively as well. The comprehensive nature of this book lies in the way the author approaches the reader. The book does not begin with a 'table of contents',... read more

Reviewed by Laura Lunsford, Associate Professor, University of Arizona on 1/7/16

The text is targeted at executives and is written in a more popular voice than an academic text. The chapters appear to cover content related to change for this audience. A figure in the first chapter presents a model for thinking about change and... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The Strategic Leader's New Mandate
  • Chapter 2: What Is Organizational Capacity for Change?
  • Chapter 3: OCC Dimension 1: Trustworthy Leadership
  • Chapter 4: OCC Dimension 2: Trusting Followers
  • Chapter 5: OCC Dimension 3: Capable Champions
  • Chapter 6: OCC Dimension 4: Involved Midmanagement
  • Chapter 7: OCC Dimension 5: Systems Thinking
  • Chapter 8: OCC Dimension 6: Communication Systems
  • Chapter 9: OCC Dimension 7: Accountable Culture
  • Chapter 10: OCC Dimension 8: Innovative Culture
  • Chapter 11: The Big Picture

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  • About the Book

    Never before have strategic leaders been confronted with so much overwhelming change. The traditional approach is to teach the leader or leaders how to direct or control the organizations' reaction on a monthly, weekly, or even daily basis. This approach is stressful and overwhelming for executive leaders, makes middle managers feel torn between honoring their senior leaders and listening to the demands of front line employees, and is alienating for front line employees.

    Focusing on Organizational Change offers an alternative to the traditional approach by focusing on building the change capacity of the entire organization in anticipation of future pressures to change. Based on systematic research of more than 5,000 respondents working within more than 200 organization or organizational units conducted during the previous decade, this book offers a clear and proven method for diagnosing your organizational change capacity. While building organizational change capacity is not fast or easy, it is essential for effective leadership and organizational survival in the 21st century.

    About the Contributors


    William Q. Judge, Jr. is the E.V. Williams Chair of Strategic Leadership and Professor of Strategic Management in the Management Department at the College of Business & Public Administration at Old Dominion University. Dr. Judge’s teaching, research, and consulting expertise is in the area of strategic leadership and organizational change. Dr. Judge currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Corporate Governance: An International Review.

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