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The NTL Handbook of Organization Development and Change: Principles, Practices, and Perspectives, 2nd Edition by Michael Brazzel, Brenda B. Jones

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CHAPTER THIRTY-FOURTHE FUTURE OF ORGANIZATION DEVELOPMENT IN A VUCA WORLD

Roland E. Livingston

“No man ever steps in the same river twice.”

—Heraclitus

“Nothing is permanent but change.”

—Heraclitus

Introduction

The fact of the matter is, organization development has been changing and evolving since its introduction in the 1940s. It is not the same river that it was, nor will it ever be so. Organization development has evolved from its roots in the 1940s and 1950s, through a period of foundational development in the 1960s and 1970s, through the emergence of new branches in the 1980s and 1990s, to the creation of new OD approaches and practices in the 2000s.

While the field of OD has been experiencing this evolution, organizations of all ...

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