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The End of Organization Theory?

Øyvind Pålshaugen, Björn Gustavsen, Dag Østerberg og John Shotter

John Benjamins Publishing Company Amsterdam/Philadelphia 1998. 149 s. ISBN 90 272 1774 2

Organizational theorists talk a lot about organizational development. Although they can express themselves eloquently, too often the practitioner is not convinced by their talk. The authors of The End of Organization Theory? are in favor of the ‘doers’ doing most of the talking themselves. Thus, in this book, Øyvind Pålshaugen tells the story of an action research project in which a reorganization of the discourse between management and workers serves as the basis for an organizational development process. Björn Gustavsen, Dag Østerberg and John Shotter add critical comments.