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CHAPTER 69

Socio-Economic Approach to Management

A Successful Systemic Approach to Organizational Change

John Conbere and Alla Heorhiadi

IN THE UNITED STATES organizational change and development work has a rich history, including the influence of Kurt Lewin, Rensis Likert, Douglas MacGregor, Warren Bennis, the socio-technical tradition of Tavistock, and more recently, work in large scale change, appreciative inquiry and chaos/complexity. In France, a different tradition has evolved, the Socio-Economic Approach to Management (SEAM). This movement, based in the Socio-Economic Institute of Firms and Organizations Research (ISEOR), began in 1973. SEAM shares many of the beliefs and practices of American OD, but adds some premises and practices that ...

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