Covert Processes at Work: Managing the Five Hidden Dimensions of Organizational Change
Author: Robert J. Marshak, Edgar H. Schein
Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers
Release Date: August 01, 2006
Organizational change initiatives often fail because they overlook the powerful role played by concealed or subconscious factors--hidden agendas, blind spots, office politics, tacit assumptions, and secret hopes, wishes, or fears. Covert Processes at Work provides a coherent approach for identifying and dealing with all of these hidden dynamics, showing precisely how to bring them to light and limit their insidious impacts.
Each chapter offers specific tools and techniques for engaging and managing these "under-the-table" processes along with case examples that clearly demonstrate the ideas and methods in action. Covert Processes at Work is a comprehensive and practical guide that managers, staff specialists, and consultants can use to deal with the hidden dynamics that are at the root of many organizational problems.