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ERIC Number: ED194144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Staff Development Is Not Enough.
Hammons, Jim
Staff development activities that affect professional ability must be coupled with efforts toward organizational development if two additional determinants of performance, employee motivation and organizational climate, are to be significantly improved. Indeed, emphasis on staff development alone may have negative effects in that such an approach neglects the need to adapt the organization to the new skills acquired by personnel and is ineffective in dealing with problems such as non-existent goals or inadequate communications channels. To promote organization-wide changes, managers must diagnose current organizational problems, assign them a priority, and propose, implement, and evaluate alternative strategies for their solution. The implementation of such a process may be impeded by: failure to admit that problems exist; conflicts between currently employed management styles and the problem-solving, participative approach of organizational development; the resistance of managers to outside intervention; the lack of tools appropriate for the community college level; costs; and the lack of sufficiently trained persons. To encourage and expedite the acceptance of organizational development, staff development practitioners and university professors should call attention in the literature to the need for organizational development, offer training sessions, and make efforts to secure funds. (JP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Staff, Program and Organizational Development (1st, Dallas, TX, Summer 1978)