Diagnosing organizations: methods, models, and processes

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Sage Publications, 2005 - Business & Economics - 181 pages

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Many managers and organizational leaders face shrinking budgets, growing competition, and changing organizational alliances and missions A bewildering array of new technologies and management techniques offer help in handling these challenges. To respond effectively and avoid wasting resources, decision makers need to diagnose organizational conditions, plan changes carefully, and apply appropriate technologies and management techniques.

The Third Edition of the bestselling Diagnosing Organizations shows how consultants and applied researchers can help decision makers quickly and flexibly diagnose problems and challenges and decide how to deal with them.

Key Features

  • Models for framing diagnostic problems, identifying underlying conditions, and providing feedback
  • Methods for gathering and analyzing diagnostic data
  • Processes for working on a diagnosis with clients and other members of an organization

This thoroughly revised edition can help practitioners of diagnosis directly address concerns that are critical to clients, rather than just provide feedback on current conditions and operations. In an authoritative, yet readable fashion author Michael I. Harrison presents updated treatments of the uses of diagnosis, evaluating organizational effectiveness, improving team performance, planning organization redesign projects, and assessing organization-environment relations and competitive strategy. Also treated are the politics of change management, professional dilemmas, and ethical issues confronting practitioners.

Professors of research methods across the social sciences will find Diagnosing Organizations, Third Edition an invaluable text for their courses. The second edition was widely adopted in departments of Management, Public Health, Nursing, Education, Public Administration, Psychology, Criminal Justice, and many others.

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Open Systems Models
Assessing Individual and Group Behavior
System Fits and Organizational Politics

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Michael I. Harrison is an internationally known scholar of organizations and health systems. He is Senior Research Scientist at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in Rockville, Maryland. He holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of Michigan. He has been a faculty member at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and Bar-Ilan University in Israel, a visiting professor at the School of Management at Boston College, and a visiting scholar at Brandeis University, Georgetown University, Harvard Business School, and the Nordic School of Public Health. He has worked as a consultant and conducted research in businesses, services, government organizations, worker-managed cooperatives, and voluntary groups. His publications include Organizational Diagnosis and Assessment: Bridging Theory and Practice (with A. Shirom; Sage, 1999) and Implementing Change in Health Systems: Market Reforms in the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands (Sage, 2004).

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