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ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2 Organizational Development Organizational development is defined as a set of behavioral science–based theories, values, strategies, and technologies aimed at planned change of the organizational work setting. Its purpose is to enhance individual development and improving organizational performance, through the alteration of organizational members (Jex & Britt, 2008). Brown, (1992) argues that organizations should be thought of as cultures rather than machines, and that managing is as much a social as a technical process. Brown, (1992) suggests that effective leadership, and the successful design of appropriate organization development programs, is dependent on executive understanding and sensitivity to organizational culture. These examples demonstrate the importance and the power of cultural approaches to understanding organizations in general and the leadership functions in particular. Jex & Britt, (2008) states that first, the focus of organizational development is facilitating
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