Transformational and Coercive Strategies for Planned Organizational Change: Beyond the OD Model

This paper challenges the universality of O.D. theory, arguing that it presents an incomplete model of organizational change. Two contrasting ‘theories’ of organization al change are compared and evaluated (the incremental and transformational theses)  and also two contrasting methods of change: participation and coercion. All four approaches are seen as legitimate components  of a differentiated contingency model of change. The model has implications for the choice of strategies for managing organizational change in differing circumstances and for the training of change agents.

-Dexter C. Dunphy, Doug A. Statce, Australian Graduate School of Managment, Uof New South Wales