"The Past, the Present and the Future of OD"
Richard W. Woodman, Ph.D., is the Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business and former head of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on organizational change and organizational creativity and his published work can be found in the top management, psychology and organizational leadership journals.
William A. Pasmore, Ph.D., has been advising leaders for nearly 40 years. He is actively involved in delivering services to clients as a coach to CEOs and as a trusted advisor in matters pertaining to leadership and change. His clients have included GE, Procter & Gamble, Ingersoll Rand, NOVA Chemicals, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., United Airlines, Levi Strauss & Co., Unilever, Polaroid, Kaiser Permanente and Amoco Corporation, among many others.
Woodman and Pasmore note a number of shifts that are causing us to re-think what we know and how we intervene in organizations today. These shifts, and their attendant effects on individuals, organizations and society, have opened up exciting possibilities for the advancement of OD. These two great minds will also discuss how high rates of failure in organizational change efforts call attention to the need to identify and address persistent problems that threaten success.