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CHAPTER 62

Using Action Learning for Organization Development and Change

Arthur M. Freedman

THIS ARTICLE conveys some practical information about the application of a powerful “tool”—Action Learning (AL) theory, method, and skills—for organization development and change (OD&C) practitioners. AL is not new. Neither is it is widely known or understood by most OD&C practitioners. Therefore, I intend to demonstrate how AL theory, methods, and skills can enhance current change management efforts—particularly those in which technical expert consultants partner with OD&C practitioners.

In this article, I define AL and AL Team Coach (ALTC). I also offer a definition of the discipline and practice of OD&C. Moreover, I compare and contrast these disciplines ...

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