June 16, 2006
Written by the founders of the field of Large Group Interventions the co-authors of the classic book on the topic, Handbook of Large Group Methods provides a much-awaited comprehensive overview of the new methods and illustrates how these methods are being applied today.
Large Group Interventions are methods used to gather a whole system together to discuss and take action on the target agenda. That agenda varies from future plans, products, and services, to redesigning work, to discussion of troubling issues and problems. The Handbook of Large Group Methods takes the next step in demonstrating through a series of cases how implies that are currently being used to address twenty-first-century challenges in organizations and communities today, including:
- Working with widely dispersed organizations, and the problem of involvement and participation
- Working with organizations facing a serious business crisis
- Working with organizations and polarized and politicized environments
- Working in community settings with diverse interest groups
- Working at the global level and adapting these methods for cross-cultural use
- Embedding and sustaining new patterns of working together in organizations and communities
The authors offer a comprehensive overview of Large Group Methods currently in practice, including new methods such as a Appreciative Inquiry, The World Café, and AmericaSpeaks. They also address the use of interactive technologies, graphic facilitation, scenario planning, and conflict resolution strategies in large groups.
Barbara Benedict Bunker is emeritus professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. She has taught in executive development programs at Columbia, Pepperdine, and the Harvard University School of education and is held Fulbright lectureship’s in the business schools of Keio University and Kobe University in Japan.
Billie T. Alban is President of Alban and Williams, Ltd., and an internationally known management consultant whose clients include British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Exxon, and Kraft/General Foods. She teaches in executive development programs at Columbia, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Pepperdine and has served on the board of the Organization Development Network.
Bunker and Alban are co-authors of Large Group Interventions from Jossey-Bass.