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CHAPTER 74

OD: Dancing in the Global Context

Anne H. Litwin

THE PURPOSE of this article is to challenge those of us who are Western OD consultants to increase our understanding of global cultural differences. We need to recognize that OD is a discipline rooted in Western values. As OD practitioners, we need to learn to dance with the differences between our Western values and the values in different global cultures in order to bring OD to the global marketplace. It is not always easy to know when or whether to alter the steps we have learned for the dance of OD. In what global contexts will participative interventions not be effective? In which contexts will the needs of individuals vs. the needs of organizations not be appropriate to discuss? ...

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