Books and Articles by GDI Contributors available through other sources


Understanding and Assessing Corporate Social Responsibility in Organizations
by Richard Vicenzi
In Business Behaving Well: Social Responsibility from Learning to Doing, editor: Ron Elsdon; NY: Potomac Books, January 2013

Business Behaving Well provides a rationale and roadmap that will enable businesses to integrate social responsibility into their purpose and operations.Using real-world examples from a broad variety of industries, including health care and education, Ron Elsdon and his contributors describe how nonprofit and public sector entities can structure effective relationships with private firms for everyone’s benefit. 

"Ron Elsdon and his contributors provide a framework for social responsibility and how it can be put into action. Many inspiring examples bring this topic to life while also demonstrating the need for more action to counter rising inequality in our society. This is a very approachable book."—Jurgen Auerbach, CEO, Pronatec AG, Switzerland

Globalisation and Creative Abrasion: Impact on Performance
by Richard Vicenzi
Published in Proceedings of the 11th World Congress for Total Quality Management
Wellington New Zealand, 4-6 December 2006

Abstract: The diffusion of technology has fostered rapid growth over the last 15 years in numerous emerging economies, leading to significant changes in business and trading relationships around the world. The results of Globalisation have been a two-edged sword that has seen both opportunity from increased access to lucrative markets, cost effective resources and rapid knowledge acquisition as well as threats from increased pressure by unprecedented sources of competition and lowered barriers to entry. Both organizations and individuals are required to continuously adapt to rapidly changing competitive landscapes in order to achieve and retain success. Globe-spanning partnerships with vendors, customers, and even competitors are multiplying. Potential obstacles to performance lurk in this unprecedented attempt to integrate cultures, languages, world-views and ethical systems.

This paper focuses on the quality of relationships as a key factor in the pursuit of organizational goals and the challenges presented by the arrival of a sizable global component into today's workforce. It looks at two established constructs for effective integration of a diverse or culturally heterogeneous workforce through the lens of a dynamic model of the adaptive learning organization, and discusses implications for quality, customer relationships, innovative capability, and employee performance and retention.

Creating Conditions for Creativity & Innovation in Organizations

by Richard Vicenzi
Published in Proceedings of the International Conference on Managing Innovation in Technology, Singapore, 2000

Abstract: Competing in the technology marketplace in the 21st century will require constant adaptation to shifting market demands. The most successful organizations will have an environment where creativity and innovation are occurring consistently at all levels of the organization, and in all functions. This paper discusses how complex adaptive systems can be seen as a model for adaptive organizations and postulates attributes of healthy and dysfunctional adaptive attributes consistent with complexity concepts. Theoretical concepts are deconstructed to real world strategic approaches. An ongoing organizational assessment and intervention is summarized as evidence that these concepts have validity in the creation and sustenance of organizational innovation and vitality.


A Tool to Assess Organizational Vitality in an Era of Complexity
by Richard Vicenzi and Gary Adkins
Published in Technological Forecasting and Social Change Fall 2000: 64, 101-113

Abstract: The evolution toward a post-industrial, or knowledge-based, economy brings previously unrecognized predicators of organizational health into focus. The authors integrate concepts from complexity theory, post-modern organizational theory, and "Knowledge Management" as a source for innovation into a diagnostic tool to measure the comparative health of an organization in terms of successfully competing in the emerging 21st century economy. Factors such as the character of leadership and trust evident in the organization, the relative influence of expertise over "position power," the level of connectivity between work groups and people allowing for the meaningful exchange and flow of information, the amount of cultural and cognitive diversity among agents in the work system, and the degree to which anxiety and stress are contained to positively impact performance levels are included in the assessment. The diagnostic tool is outlined and a case study described where the tool is used to identify appropriate interventions in different organizations that are attempting to adapt to their changing market places. © 2000 Elsevier Science Inc.

Linking to Educational Systems and Community Development
by Nancy Atwood, Anna Domek, and Richard Vicenzi
In Building Workforce Strength: Creating Value Through Workforce and Career Development;   Ron Elsdon, editor
Santa Barbara CA:Praeger, 2010.

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