January 23, 2014
Professor: Alfred Van Cleave Jr., Ph.D.
Gibbons, P. (1992). Impacts of Organizational Evolution on Leadership Roles and Behaviors. Human Relations, 45(1), 1-18. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/231459561?accountid=35812
The author attempted to reconcile the strategic decision, and the environmental determinism views of the organizational adaptation to change with top level management and aspiring corporate leaders. The topic and the article are relevant in spite of the fact that it was written many years ago. Organization and human resource evolution still have an impact on the roles and behaviors that leaders may have.
The strategic choices that an organization makes and the environmental determinism views of organizational adaptations are proof that organizations do not operate in a vacuum and that more often than not; their actions are determined and significantly affected by external factors. Gibbons (1992) emphasized that one of the key success factors in organizational change is "the ability of the leader to identify and initiate change" (p. 18). The author wrote the article during the time that he was earning his doctoral degree in Strategic Planning and Policy at the University of Pittsburg.
Hays, J. (2007). Dynamics of Organizational Wisdom. Business Renaissance Quarterly, 2 (4), 77-122. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/212542326?accountid=35812
The focus of this article is the integration of ancient wisdom such as Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism into organizational wisdom and the lessons these disciples can impart for an effective organization and change development. The intended audience is human resource and business management students and practitioners.
The main point of the article is "organizational wisdom transcends organizational learning in its commitment to doing the right thing over things right" (Hays, 2007, p.78). This commitment is one of the guiding ideas behind the disciplines that the author included in his discussions. I agree that several of the concepts taught by discipline such as Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism can be integrated for a more efficient and effective organizational development and change management. The author teaches classes of management and leadership at the Australian National University, and he is also a practicing management consultant with projects that include four continents.
King, S. & Wright, M. (2007). Building Internal Change Management Capability at Constellation Energy. Organization Development Journal, 25 (2), 57-62. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/197981987?accountid=35812
This paper is a documentary and analysis of what Constellation Energy went through when it was implementing and building a change capable organizational structure. The intended readers of the paper are managers and leaders of corporations and entities planning or implementing the same change.
An interesting feature of the paper is the fact that it was written by the case company's employees who have authority on how the change management was implemented. The paper stated that skilled human resources can significantly affect the success of a change implementation project.
King is the Chief Learning Officer of the subject company, a good source of information on what was going on in Constellation Energy during the change implementation and management while Wright is also an employee of Constellation Energy, the Director of Learning Organization Development & Change Management.
Lalonde, C. (2007). Crisis Management and Organizational Development: Toward the Conception of a Learning Model in Crisis Management. Organization Development Journal, 25 (1), 17-26. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/198042532?accountid=35812
The purpose of the article is to present a proposal on the current limitation that crisis management faces by