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Healthy Organizations and the Link to Peaceful Societies: Strategies for Implementing Organizational Change


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  • Jeannette Jackson


  • Maria Coolican



When designing and implementing an organizational change process, we are intentionally and oftentimes significantly impacting the lives of the human beings who make up the organization. Individuals who work in organizations spend a majority of their time, usually at least five days each week, in an organizational setting or framework. If the organization is structured in a way that recognizes the needs of the employees; has a code of behavior—oftentimes referred to as the organizational values— that is civil and caring; uses the code of behavior to give developmental feedback to employees; and, creates opportunities for a variety of networks between people, the environment is very likely to be conducive for things such as positive conflict resolution and healthy organizational growth. If people are expected to behave respectfully and in a civil fashion, and if the organization intentionally promotes such behavior, the continuous, daily reinforcement of “a respectful way of working together” will often spill out into behavior outside of the organization. If we hope to change the world, it means we have to consider how to positively impact the thinking and the behavior of people at all ages. Families, schools, religious organizations, social groups and business organizations all have the potential of contributing to a more peaceful society by creating “rules of the game” that require respectful, civil and peaceful behaviors of their members.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 536.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2002
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Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2002-536

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Keywords: organizational behavior; leadership; leadership development; management; human resources; organizational development; change; values;

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  1. Sebastian Galiani & Mariano Tommasi & Daniel Heymann, 2002. "Missed Expectations: The Argentine Convertibility," Working Papers 55, Universidad de San Andres, Departamento de Economia, revised Nov 2003.
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