Greiner, Larry E. Actionable Knowledge in Action

Flemming Poulfelt*, Anthony F. Buono

*Corresponding author for this work

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As a significant contributor to the field of organizational intervention and change, Larry E. Greiner was one of those unique individuals who personified a mixture of insight and intelligence with a fun-filled spirit, a warm and welcoming presence, and, in general, a guiding sense of commitment and generosity. Over the years, his work reflected the essence of actionable knowledge, taking an applied route to knowledge creation, generation, and dissemination. He had a compelling presence that literally drew people to him, bringing a smile to their faces while lending his insights and expertise to all those who entered his orbit. This chapter captures the influences and motivations that led him to the organization development (OD) field, his key contributions – the stages of evolution and revolution that organizations experience, the role and nature of management consulting and intervention, power and OD, and dynamic strategy – and how that work has influenced others. As close colleagues and friends, we were privileged to know and work with him, and his ideas, support, and presence have had a lasting effect on our lives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers
EditorsDavid B. Szabla
Number of pages13
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Publication date2021
ISBN (Print)9783030383237, 9783030383251
ISBN (Electronic)9783030383244
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Actionable knowledge
  • Organizational evolution and revolution
  • Management consulting
  • Power and OD
  • Professional services firms

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