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Finding Merlin by Kate Cowie

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Changing theories of organisational change.

imageobert J. Marshak, scholar in applied behavioural science, describes four main influences on how change is conceptualised in organisations in the practice of Organisation Development.

“One is based on the mechanical sciences and implies organisations are closed, determinate systems with productivity and efficiency as primary criteria and where changes are needed to ‘fix’ or ‘re-engineer’ some process or function, especially when ‘broken.’ Another is based on the biological sciences and views organisations as contingent, open systems. Alignment, congruence and successful strategic positioning of the organisation ...

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