Dr. Burke is the Edward Lee Thordike Professor of Psychology and Education at Teacher’s college, Columbia University, where he has been since 1979. Authored or edited 20 books and written well over 150 articles and book chapters. He has served as editor of Organizational Dynamics, associate and book editor of Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and editor of Academy of Management Executive. He is a diplomat in industrial/organizational psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology. He has also received several lifetime achievement awards as well as NASA’s Public Service Medal.
Dr. Noumair is Founder and Director of the Executive Master’s Program in Change Leadership (XMA), Director of Executive Education Programs in Change and Consultation, Academic Program coordinator of Graduate Programs, and Associate Professor, in Social-Organizational Psychology in the Department of Organization and Leadership at Teachers College in Columbia University. The focus of her work is on applying systems psychodynamics to executive education as well as to organization change at multiple levels with individuals, teams and organizations. Dr. Nourmair is a coeditor of the Emerald book series, Research in Organization Change and Development.
Organizational culture is the single greatest barrier to change for any system, whether profit making or not for profit, government, educational or religious institution. Warner Burke and Debra Noumair provide the definitive guide to consulting about change and by responding to a client’s need for change, collaborating to plan and implement change, and actually achieving lasting change in an organization’s culture. They will begin by offering a clear and usable definition of OD and explaining how the discipline continues to evolve, and then introduce proven techniques for understanding organizations, diagnosing problems and accounting for the “covert” emotional forces that shape it. Building on this foundation, Burke and Noumair will show how to plan and mange change in organizations of all types and sizes, including “loosely coupled” organizations with less hierarchy and fewer interdependencies.