The Handbook of Organization Development reflects the field of organizational development's rapid growth and success since its inception 50 years ago into a far more diffuse and complex study than it was just a few decades ago. It shows how organizational development has expanded from the need to help organizations cope with internal social problems, to a broader attempt to address more strategic issues of firm structure and competitive advantage in a global environment.
Brown, L. David, Jane G. Covey, and Mark Leach. "Organization Development for Social Change." Handbook of Organization Development. Ed. Thomas G. Cummings. Sage Publications, 2008, 593-614.