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CHAPTER 28

Gestalt OSD and Systems Theory

A Perspective on Levels of System and Intervention Choices

Veronica Hopper Carter

AS OD PRACTITIONERS interested in working effectively with groups and individuals, it is no longer enough to simply rely on group development theory and organization change theories or individual psychology and the seat of our pants. Integrating principles of systems thinking while training ourselves to see various levels of system simultaneously at play, assures the intervener a breadth of choices and possibilities for effecting change and achieving powerful results. In this article I will describe and demonstrate using reliable developmental theory in concert with systems thinking principles and the Gestalt “compass” of ...

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