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New Book Features Case Study by two Southern Miss Professors

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A new book on organizational development features a case study conducted by two University of Southern Mississippi professors.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Capital Development Dr. Cyndi Gaudet and Professor and Assistant Director of the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute Dr. Heather Annulis are featured in Cases and Exercises in Organization Development & Change. This book of case studies and exercises in organizational development offers insight into theory and practice, and is designed to help facilitate organizational and personal change.

Gaudet and Annulis appear in Chapter 8, titled “Diagnosis and Feedback.” Their case study, “Healthy Sips: Strategic Talent Development,” examines Healthy Sips, a privately owned corporation branded as a healthy beverage and snack alternative aimed at helping people maintain healthier lifestyles while on the go.

In this case study, Gaudet and Annulis examine how to help the company expand while also addressing concerns related to confusion over standard operating procedures and business practices among franchisees. In an effort to develop systematic and consistent policies that will serve as a springboard for success and growth, Gaudet and Annulis outline a plan designed to assess organizational needs and, ultimately, create a culture for change.

Cases and Exercises in Organization Development & Change is in its second edition. It is edited by Donald L. Anderson and published by SAGE Publishers. The book can be purchased online through Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

Gaudet joined Southern Miss in 1997 to develop innovative programs focusing on human capital development. Graduate programs designed and developed under her leadership include the doctoral degree in human capital development and the master’s degree in human capital development. Gaudet earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Miss. She earned her Ph.D. in human resource education and workforce development from LSU.

Dr. Annulis joined Southern Miss in 2000 and directs the Master of Science program in human capital development and the Professional Development Series. She holds a doctorate from Southern Miss in international development with a concentration in workforce training and development and a master’s degree in communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.