The May edition of The Association for Management Education and Development Organisations and People journal has a number of interesting, accessible and readable articles. Among them, Richard Seel suggests a different approach to organisational change. As organisations are ever changing, Seel says it is a mistake to think of them moving from one type of culture to another. Rather than planning change, Seel supports the idea of complexity theory - that is to say, connectivity between the agents which may affect change will eventually cause it to happen spontaneously. Seel suggests that 'the best we can do is to try and build new connections and relationships so that a process of self-organisation can take place - a wait and see approach.
Later on in the journal, David M. Noer covers potential problems in coaching relationships, and Peter J. Trim offers 'a framework for promoting development within an organisation'.
The AMED journal, which comes out four times a year, is intended to form a link between the academic world and those responsible for developing initiatives in the workplace. Although most articles are only available in paper form, one or two are accessible from the website - you can currently download a useful article on running a creativity workshop direct from the website (Adobe Acrobat needed).
AMED is a network for 'developers' - i.e. those involved in developing others. It aims to explore new ideas, shares research and good practice and develops skills needed for the future.
You can join AMED for £91, and receive the journal free.