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Colleagues in the US and UK recently invited me to co-author an article with them on the relationship between organizational development (OD) and artistic interventions in organizations. Their question has sent me back to the literature on OD and I am finding the exploration both inspiring and intriguing. At first glance, the two fields appear to be intimately related, indeed artistic interventions could be conceived of as a love-child of the founders of OD.

In a thoroughly researched and highly readable book Art Kleiner (1996) characterized the beginnings of the OD movement in the late 1940s and 1950s as ā€œThe Age of Hereticsā€, because the founding generation dared to challenge the dominant views of organization and relations at work. David Jamieson and Christopher Worley summarize the context and the resulting aspirations succinctly:

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