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Review 'This book is the ultimate blueprint for researchers and practitioners working with systems. The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis provides a lens for thoroughly examining the effects of individual, group, and organizational dynamics. Most importantly, this book demonstrates how we can effectively align research and practice as well as teaching and learning in support of systemic change.' --Patrick Jean-Pierre, PsyD, Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, New York University'This is the most substantive book of our time on organization theory and 'how to' conduct sound social science research and evidence-based consulting in organizations. The rigorous and ethical approach to organizational diagnosis at the heart of this book makes it essential reading for organization behavior scholars and organization consultants alike.' -- Alice Mann, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, Kates Kesler Organization Consulting'As a consultant helping boards and leadership teams of major public and privately owned companies and national non-profits with their most important leadership and organizational issues, I have found this book to be the most useful I have read in years. It is both intellectually stimulating and a repository of wisdom for disciplined practice. It is a truly rewarding read.' -- Thor Mann, Principal, ghSMART'The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis, integrates and extends his lifetime of research on group and intergroup relations in organizations. Drawing both on conceptual analyses and compelling organizational examples, the book shows how intra-individual, group, and inter-group forces combine to shape organizational dynamics in sometimes surprising ways. It demonstrates that informative organizational diagnoses must draw both on that which is deliberate and explicit and that which is unconscious and tacit. This book, and the work on which it is based, provides a model for others who seek to conduct conceptually rigorous, empirically testable, and practically useful assessments of behavior in organizations.' -- J. Richard Hackman, Ph.D., Edgar Pierce Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology, Harvard University'This book gives the field of organizational diagnosis full professional status, complete with theory, method, empirical support and meaningful ethical standards. It is the most profound contribution to organizational theory in a generation.' -- David N. Berg, PhD, Organizational Psychologist, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University 'Clayton Alderfer is one of the giants in the field of organizational psychology and consulting, and this book represents the culmination of more than 40 years of his research, practice, and teaching. The book offers no less than a new paradigm for thinking about, studying, and diagnosing organizations. And it provides a wonderful blend of theory, methodological reflections, and concrete advice. This book is one of those rare works that is both profound and practical. Professor Alderfer's critique of the most popular approaches to organizational diagnosis and consulting, along with his proposed alternative, promises to have an enduring impact. I have no doubt that it will become one of the classics in the field.' -- Cary Cherniss, Professor of Applied Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Program in Organizational Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University'Long awaited, this magisterial book by one of our leading theorists of organizational behavior more than fulfills its promise. Comprehensive, grounded in scientific and ethical thinking, detailed, and - above all - immensely useful, Alderfer's book sets a new standard for the field. It will be read and quoted and cited for years.' - Kenneth Eisold, former President, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, and author of What You Don't Know You Know'Coming as it does from an acknowledged expert, Clay Alderfer's book should have a profound influence on students and practitioners in the field of organizational psychology.' - William H. Donaldson, Chairman of Donaldson Enterprises, and former Dean and Professor at the Yale School of Management'The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis: Theory and Methods is an important text for any student in organizational studies and organizational diagnosis. The first and primary reason is its discussion of ethical issues in the relationship between organization and psychologist: the client and the consultant/counselor/mentor.' -- Jonathan D. Springer, PsycCRITIQUES'Clayton Alderfer's The Practice of Organizational Diagnosis offers a deeply insightful discourse on the nature of groups and organizations. The chapters of the volume methodically build the layers of an argument for taking seriously an in-depth understanding of the theory and practice of organizational diagnosis. This volume offers a sweeping theory of organizational diagnosis, ranging across fields and disciplines, and in so doing illuminates the theory-methods-practice continuum. It is undeniably ambitious in scope. Scholars who teach and research aspects of organizational change will find this volume, used slowly and carefully, a multilayered education--for themselves and their students--about the useful theory and practice of professional diagnosis.' --William A. Kahn, Academy of Management Learning & Education Read more About the Author Clay Alderfer is widely recognized for his formulation of two influential theories that have influenced education and practice in the field of management, the Existence, Relatedness, and Growth theory, and the embedded inter-group relations theory. Dr. Alderfer held senior faculty appointments at Yale University's School of Organization and Management and Rutgers University's Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology before forming the consulting firm Alderfer & Associates in 2006. Read more