Dissecting organizations in crisis is what I do. My current clinical focus tends towards criminal justice, having just revised Why Law Enforcement Organizations Fail (Carolina Academic Press, 2012). As professor of public management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, I’ve trained public, non-profit and private-sector execitives, with organizational structure, functioning and culture as my abiding interests. So, when I see any organization in crisis, or spot tell-tale symptoms such as indictments and sudden resignations, you may see my preliminary diagnoses in the blog.
This “Word from Dr. O.” page is where, from time to time, I’ll make more general sense of what ails organizations. I’ll offer diagnostic categories for imposing order on diverse organizational ailments, and consider how political, social and economic enviroments affect an organization’s susceptibility to crisis.
I welcome comments. Though I can’t reply to all, anyone whose comments strike a chord has a good chance of hearing back. Enjoy the site.