An Autopsy of an Intended OD Project Journal Article uri icon



  • A series of consultant omissions and errors is traced over the course of a five-month organization development (OD) project that was terminated by top management. Although some positive results were obtained, only the major problems and flaws are examined in detail here. Most of the defects in the OD process could have been avoided had the consultants had a better understanding of the fifteen pitfalls discussed. The primary problems center on diagnosis of the system, the development of client expectations, and effective communication between the consultant group and top managers.

publication date

  • June 1, 1979

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • June 12, 2014 3:24 AM

Full Author List

  • Boss RW; Mcconkie ML

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0364-1082

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 183

end page

  • 200


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