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Handbook for Strategic HR by OD Network

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CHAPTER 75

Organization as Community

What We Have to Learn from the Maasai About OD

John J. Scherer, with Kakuta Ole Ole Maimai Hamisi

The Challenge: Our Built-In Western OD Biases

As the history of our field unfolded, most of our OD ancestors were white males from America and Western Europe. They were extraordinary men like Frederick Taylor, Kurt Lewin, Wilfred Bion, Ken Benne, Warren Bennis, Ed Schein, Herb Shepard, Dick Beckhard, Ron Lippitt, and others. All white. All men.

Many of our well-known and mostly linear organization change and leadership models developed by these pioneers do work in non-Western, non-white male cultures, but many do not. What an effective organization looks like in our world is, in many respects, nothing like what ...

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