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 “The Age of Heretics”, 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:Read More