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Organization Development: Past, Present, Future with W. Warner Burke

  • January 20, 2020
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Smart Buildings Center - Pacific Tower, 1200 12th Ave. S., Suite 110, Seattle, WA 98144


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Organization Development: Past, Present, Future with W. Warner Burke, PhD

Special ODN Lifetime Achievement Award Presenter W.Warner Burke

Warner will do this session live via zoom meeting.

In short this session could be described as “clarifying misunderstandings” overtime.


  • Lewin’s three-step or phased model: An underlying assumption is that the process is linear. Although depicted as three linear steps of unfreeze – change – refreeze Lewin did not move to step 2 (or 3) until action research based on field theory (think FFA) was conducted to determine what the consequences of phase 1 had been taking into account particularly the context (think Bf P, E). Movement should be depicted as a “blob” with many components not as an arrow. The change process is only linear with respect to overall goal(s) not individual steps or acts to get there.
  • Alfred Marrow’s role and leadership regarding the beginnings of OD: Marrow was the primary implementer of Lewin’s ideas. He believed so strongly in the value of participative management and leadership that he dictated that all managers in his company. Harwood, would learn to practice participation. (Today we call it “inclusive leadership.”) Marrow was practicing OD prior to the so-called pioneers - Beckhard, McGregor, Blake & Mouton, Shepard, Bennis, and Schein among others.


  • Organization development and change management – one and the same. Not so.
  • If McKinsey is in your organization, it is too late!


  • See the “Four Trends” article by Church and Burke in the OD Practitioner, 2017, 49(3); which will be updated – (1) Platforms over products, (2) Digital over mechanical, (3) Insights over data, and (4) Talent over employees. And here comes the latest job title “People Analytics.”

About Your Presenter

W. Warner Burke, PhD, is the E.L. Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he has been since 1979. He teaches leadership and organization change and development. His research focuses on learning agility, multi-rater feedback, and leadership. He has authored, co-authored, edited, and co-edited 21 books and written over 200 articles and book chapters. He has received several lifetime achievement awards and NASA’s Public Service Medal, The Outstanding Civilian Service medal from the U.S. Army, the Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Academy of Management, and the Distinguished Professional Contributions Award from the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. 


$20 Members pre-paid & pre-registered

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$25 Walk-in member rate

$30 Walk-in non-member rate

$15 student rate


6:00 – 6:30 pm   Gather – Registration & Opening Comments (refreshments served)

6:30 – 8:00 pm   Presentation

8:00 – 8:30 pm   Wrap up

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