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Featuring Useful OD Resources, Readings & Strategies


  • Babbie, E. (2005) The Basics of Social Research. New York: Wadsworth (Third Edition—Paperback); ISBN #0-534-51904-0. Please note that any reasonably recent edition of this book will be fine.
  • Brewerton, P. and Millward, L. (2001). Organizational Research Methods. Sage Publications (Paperback); ISBN: 0-7619-7101-7.
  • Andres, H. P. (2002). A comparison of face-to-face and virtual software development teams. Team Performance Management, 8(1/2), 39-48. One of the two research projects we will be critiquing; will be uploaded to our course forum at beginning of the trimester
  • Thach, E. C. (2002). The impact of executive coaching and 360 feedback on leadership effectiveness. Leadership & Organizational Development Journal, 23(4), 201-214. The other research project we will be critiquing; will be uploaded to our course forum at the beginning of the trimester

Supplemental Readings

Options for those who wish to explore issues further based on interests or the specific focus of research or intervention projects.

American Psychological Association (2001). Publication manual. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [ISBN #1557987912; It is available to order at along with free access to the Electronic Reference guide [for citations of web pages and so forth]. Using Quotations and References (APA STYLE) Univ. of Western Sydney, Macarthur, NSW 2560 Australia

Axelrod, R. (2003). Advancing the Art of Simulation in the Social Sciences. Japanese Journal for Management Information Systems, Special Issue on Agent-Based Modeling, 12(3).

Babbie, E. (2003). The practice of social research. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. A more comprehensive, basic text.

Baxter, L. A. & Babbie, E. (2004). The basics of communication research. New York: Thompson/Wadsworth. Another good basic text for OMD students, but more focused specifically on methods related to the study of communication.

Bennis, Warren and Patricia Ward Biederman (1997) Organizing Genius. The Secrets of Creative Collaboration. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Bentz, V. M. & Shapiro, J. J. (1998). Mindful Inquiry in Social Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Brislin, R. W. (1990). Applied cross-cultural psychology: Cross-cultural research and methodology. Sage.

Cilliers, Paul (1998) Complexity and Postmodernism. Understanding Complex Systems. New York: Routledge. Reviewed at (12/5/02).

Campbell, D. T. (1969). Reforms as Experiments. American Psychologist, 24(4).

Collins, James C. and Jerry I. Porras (1997) Built To Last. Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. New York: HarperBusiness. (Orig. Pub. 1994, with a new Introduction in 1997).

Conrad, C. C. & Serlin, R. C. (Eds.) (2005). Research in Education: Engaging Ideas and Enriching Inquiry. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Cooperrider, D., Whitney, D. (2001). Appreciative Inquiry: The Handbook. Euclid, OH: Lakeshore Publishers.

Creswell, J. W. (1997). Qualitative inquiry and research design. Beverly Hills, CA: Sage. [Recommended for those with an organizational research project emphasis that are including qualitative methods.]

Davies, C. A. (1999). Reflexive ethnography: A guide to researching selves and others. New York: Routledge.

Dillman, D. A. (2000). Mail and Internet Surveys: The tailored design method. New York: Wiley. [For those considering internet data collection procedures]

Epstein, J. M. & Axtell, R. (1996). Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science from the Bottom Up. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Frost, P. J. & Stablein, R. E. (Eds.) (1992). Doing exemplary research. Newbury Park: Sage. [Recommended for those with an organizational research project emphasis. Describes several model organizational research projects and how the researchers addressed the challenges they faced. Requires some prerequisite understanding of basic research concepts, however, to gain most benefit from it.

Galven, J. L. (1999). Writing literature reviews: A guide for students in the social and behavioral sciences. Los Angeles: Pyrczak Publishing. [ISBN 1-884585d-18-3]

Goleman, D. (1993) The creative spirit. Plume. [ISBN: 0452268796]

Gordon, S. E. (1994). Systematic training program design: Maximizing effectiveness and minimizing liability. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall. [ISBN #0-13-100389-5; Recommended for those with an intervention project emphasis. Addresses the research issues associated with training programs that are generally applicable to other types of organizational intervention as well]

Goto, K. & Cotler, E. (2002). Web Redesign/Workflow that Works. Indianapolis, IN: New Riders.

Greenwood, D. J. & Levin, M. (1998). Introduction to Action Research: Social Research for Social Change. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Gudykunst, W. B. & Kim, Y. Y. (Eds.) (1984). Methods for intercultural research. Beverly Hills: Sage.

Gubrium, J. F. & Holstein, (Eds.) (2002). Handbook of interview research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Hammond, S. (1996). The Thin Book of Appreciative Inquiry. Plano, TX: Thin Book Publishing.

Harkness, J. (2003). Cross-cultural survey methods. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley.

Hudson, Barclay (2005) “The Interactive Art of Critical Thinking.” Chap. 6 (pp. 97-119) in Jack Chambers, editor. Selected Papers from the 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Jacksonville, Florida

Johnson, Barry (1992) Polarity Management. Identifying and Managing Unsolvable Problems. Amherst, MA: HRD Press, Inc.

Kennedy, J. & Eberhart, R. C. (2001). Swarm Intelligence. San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.

Lofland, J., Snow, D., Anderson, L, & Lofland, L. H. ((2006). Analyzing Social Settings: A Guide to Qualitative Observation and Analysis. Thompson-Wadsworth.

Mertler, C. A. (2005). Action Research: Teachers as Researchers in the Classroom. Sage.

Morgan, Gareth (1997). Images of Organization. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

Northcutt, N. & McCoy, D. (2004). Interactive qualitative analysis: A systems method for qualitative research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Pascale, Richard, Mark Milleman and Linda Gioja (1997) “Changing the Way We Change. How Leaders at Sears, Shell, and the U.S. Army Transformed Attitudes and Behavior -- and Made the Changes Stick.” Harvard Business Review, 75:6 (Nov 97), 126-139. [HBR reprint #97609]

Patten, M. L. (2002). Proposing Empirical Research: A Guide to the Fundamentals. Los Angeles, CA: Pyrczak Publishing.

Rudestam, K. E. & Newton, R. R. (2001). Surviving your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process.

Schaffer, R. H. (2002). High Impact Consulting: How Clients and Consultants Can Work Together to Achieve Extraordinary Results. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. ISBN: 0-7879-6049-7. Recommended for those with an intervention-related project focus].

Slater, Lauren (2004) Opening Skinner’s Box. Great Psychological Experiments of the Twentieth Century. New York: W. W. Norton.

Stringer, E. T. (1996). Action research: A handbook for practitioners. Sage.

Strunk, William and E.B. White, Jr. (latest edition). The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan. Available in many editions, including online at

Sullivan, G. (2005). Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts. Sage.

Whyte, W. F. (1991). Participatory action research. Sage.

Wolcott, H. F. (1990). Writing up qualitative research. Sage.

Available on the web:

Trochim, W. M. (1999). "Research methods knowledge base"--

Qualitative Solutions & Research (QSR). “Software for Qualitative Research”--

A variety of "Action Research" resources are available through--

A variety of "Appreciative Inquiry" resources are available at--,,,,,