IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

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


  • 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.

Suggested Citation

  • Jeannette Jackson & Maria Coolican, 2002. "Healthy Organizations and the Link to Peaceful Societies: Strategies for Implementing Organizational Change," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 536, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
  • Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2002-536

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Sebastian Galiani & Daniel Heymann & Mariano Tommasi, 2002. "Missed Expectations: The Argentine Convertibility," William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series 515, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)

    More about this item


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

    NEP fields

    This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:


    Access and download statistics


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2002-536. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (WDI). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help with this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.