March 2, 2004
In Productive Workplaces Revisited, Marvin Weisbord takes the next step in exploring effective strategies for improving workplace productivity through dignity, meaning, and community. Remarkably, in this new edition the author revisits the case studies from the first edition, Productive Workplaces, to show the long-term effects of OD interventions – twenty-plus years after the fact – and provides invaluable insights for practitioner and student alike. In five new chapters, Weisbord reinterprets his systems work in healthcare and steel-making, describes how “future search,” his method for “getting everybody improving whole systems,” has crossed cultures on five continents, and summarizes his learning from following up cases decades later. This edition also prevents in-depth case studies of organizations that have used these techniques to increase output, cut costs, create strategic plans, manage conflict between functions, and more.
Just as in the classic Productive Workplaces, this new and expanded edition offers a model, guidelines, and successful methods for improving organizations under conditions of nonstop change.
Marvin Weisbord is an internationally-known consultant and writer and a co-founder of Future Search Network, a non-profit organization that involves people worldwide in voluntary social, technological, and economic change. He is the author of Productive Workplaces, Organizational Diagnosis, Discovering Common Ground, and co-author of Future Search: An Action Guide.