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Organizational Development Theory

Books Focused on the Field of Organization Development

The field of Organization Development encompasses a wide variety of business-, management- and organization-related practices. Therefore, a list of Organization Development-related books could well be exhaustive in length. The following are some of the major books focused primarily on the field of Organization Development. This short list is by no means meant to represent the singular “foundation” texts in the field. Rather, the list is a good starting point from which to gain some basic understanding of the field.

Organization Development-Specific Books

Much of the content of this Library topic came from this book: 

Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development
by Carter McNamara, Authenticity Consulting, 2006. This book is about the field of Organization Development and combines major practices from the field with major practices from the field of consulting, as well. (The author of this book is the author of much of the content in this Library.)
Field Guide to Consulting and Organizational Development

Organization Development and Change
Sixth Edition, by Cummings and Worley. South-Western Publishing, 1997. Available from Amazon Books. This is one of the best books about the background, movements, theories, models and case studies regarding Organization Development.

Organization Development Classics : The Practice and Theory of Change — The Best of the Organization Development Practitioner
by Van Eynde (Editor), Judith C. Hoy (Editor), Dixie Cody Van Eynde (Editor), Donald Van Eynde (Editor). Jossey-Bass, 1997. Available from Amazon Books. This is a collection of classic articles from the pioneers in the field of Organization Development. Together, they provide a very meaningful overview of the field.

Practicing Organization Development : A Guide for Consultants 
by Rothwell (Editor), Roland Sullivan (Editor), Gary N. McLean. Pfeiffer & Co., 1995. Available from Amazon Books. This is one of the best books with guidelines and practical about applying all phases of Organization Development.

Annotated Lists of Organization Development-Related Books

Peter Vaill provides an extensive, annotated bibliography of organizational behavior and development books. (To read the bibliography, you will need the free program Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
An Annotated Bibliography of Foundational Literature in Organizational Behavior and Development

Another list of Organization Development books is recommended by members of a LinkedIn group about Organization Development.
List of recommended Organization Development books

Other Highly Recommended Readings

Guidelines, Methods and Resources for Organizational Change Agents
Competencies and Resources for Organizational Change Agents

Consulting Skills – How to Do Consulting
Guidelines and Resources for Contracting Phase of Consulting
Guidelines and Resources for Discovery Phase of Consulting
Guidelines and Resources for Action Planning Phase of Consulting
Guidelines and Resources for Implementation Phase of Consulting
Guidelines and Resources for Project Evaluation Phase of Consulting
Guidelines and Resources for Termination Phase of Consulting