The Science of Organizational Change: How Leaders Set Strategy, Change Behavior, and Create an Agile Culture


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Leaders need guidance on change grounded in the latest science, not 20th-century myths. In this updated 2019 edition of The Science of Organizational Change, Paul Gibbons takes us on a journey from change mythology, from New Age change ideas, from "reports in drawers", and from pop psychology up to the present.

In the first comprehensive treatment of behavioral science in business, you'll learn which cognitive biases caused the 2008 financial crisis, Enron, and the Deepwater Horizon. Later in the book, you'll discover how evidence-based management is helping leading businesses including Google. To link science with your "on-the-ground" reality, Gibbons interviews top CEOs who are applying its principles. You'll find case studies from well-known companies like IBM and Shell; and deeply relevant quotations from history's greatest leaders and thinkers.

Hailed as "the best book on change in 15 years" and a book that belongs alongside classics such as The Halo Effect, Switch, and The Fifth Discipline, The Science of Organizational Change is a must-read for senior executives and change experts alike.

About the Author

Paul Gibbons has a 40-year career straddling international business and academia. His research and writing explore how philosophy and science can be used to enlighten contemporary business thinking, debunk myths and pseudoscience, and solve practical business problems, including changing culture, developing leaders, and using analytics and evidence to make strategic decisions. 

Paul's academic background, starting in math, then in economics, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy, allows him to bring perspectives to business not typically found in traditional business books. His consulting career, mostly in Europe, included founding an award-winning "teal" Organization Development consulting firm, Future Considerations. Paul has coached dozens of CEOs - on strategy, change, and talent issues. His change experience includes clients such as Comcast, Shell, PwC, BP, Barclays, KPMG, British Airways, HSBC, Nokia, The Body Shop, Comcast, the NHS, and UK Ministers. He was the change management lead on a $1 billion program for the UK's Department of Work and Pensions. 

Paul has appeared in Microsoft's Distinguished Author Program and at Google and appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He now writes, hosts the award-winning Think Bigger Think Better philosophy podcast, plays competitive poker, chess, and bridge, and raises two boys in Colorado.
AuthorPaul Gibbons
Published Year2019
Page Count446
PublisherPhronesis Media
FormatPaperback
SKU9780997651232
ISBN9780997651232