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6 x 9 in.
217 pp.

Out of print


Reinventing Texas Government

By Michael Lauderdale


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"There are many books concerned with quality, excellence, continuous quality improvement, 'learning' organizations, work teams, etc. What is unique about this book is that it provides a quantitative method for obtaining information and focuses on state agencies and organizations that are usually under careful scrutiny regarding service and effectiveness."

—John G. Bruhn, Provost and Dean, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg

The Survey of Organizational Excellence is revolutionizing the operation of Texas state agencies and other governmental and private organizations. Developed and refined over the last twenty years by a team of researchers led by Michael Lauderdale, the survey is a proven tool for improving the effectiveness of state government services through surveys of employee attitudes toward their organizations.

In this book, Lauderdale gives a history of the survey and its use under four governors, including George W. Bush. He explains what the survey is, how to use it, and how to apply its results to organizational change and improvement. Step-by-step instructions for planning, implementing, and evaluating the survey are enhanced with real-life case studies from the 140,000 surveys that have been distributed and used by more than 75 different organizations. Lauderdale also sets the survey in a broader perspective by identifying some of the forces currently impelling change in organizations throughout our society and exploring where this push for change is taking us.

Michael L. Lauderdale holds the Clara Pope Willoughby Centennial Professorship in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin.

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