Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change

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Dialogic Organization Development is a compelling alternative to the classical action research approach to planned change. Organizations are seen as fluid,socially constructed realities that are continuously created through conversations and images change happens when those conversations and images change. Leaders and consultants can help foster, support, or accelerate the emergence of transformational possibilities by encouraging disruptions to taken-for-granted ways of thinking and acting and the use of generative images to stimulate new organizational conversations and narratives. Dialogic OD is a different mindset, but it s also the previously unrecognized underpinning of such diverse change methods as Appreciative Inquiry, the Art of Convening, Future Search, and many more.

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"The wisdom and experience captured between the covers of this book are truly impressive, and the authors bring the insights of our age to bear on the questions at hand with a useful and powerful effect. Definitely a good read."
--Harrison Owen, creator and author of Open Space Technology

"Bushe and Marshak, together with an amazing collection of other leaders in the field, have challenged much in our past yet somehow also achieved a joyous homecoming to what matters most in OD--the democratic, dialogic, jointly created design of the fully human organization."
--David Cooperrider, Fairmount Santrol-David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry, Case Western Reserve University

"Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak have conceptualized OD in a way that is novel and integrates crucial foundational principles. This book will be central to the scholarship and practice of OD for years to come."
--Jean M. Bartunek, Robert A. and Evelyn J. Ferris Chair and Professor of Management and Organization, Boston College

"An absolute must-read book for academics, practitioners, and students who claim to have an interest in processes of planned organizational change, presenting thoughtful and thought-provoking insights that are both conceptually rich and pragmatically grounded. Writing an endorsement is easy when a book is this good!"
--Cliff Oswick, Professor of Organization Theory and Deputy Dean, Cass Business School, City University London

"Dialogic Organization Development takes our field into exciting new territory, rich with possibility for enlivening organizations and communities through being able to change the conversation and thus change the future."
--Juanita Brown, creator and coauthor of The World Café

"This timely new book promises to further energize and advance the field of OD during a time when we need all the help we can get in terms of designing and effectively managing complex organizations. This volume represents a significant contribution to the literature of the field."
--Richard W. Woodman, Texas A & M University and former editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science

"In this outstanding collection, one gets a clear sense that 'dialogic' is bringing OD into the new, contemporary contexts, so real today, and so different from the contexts in which foundational OD was developed."
--David W. Jamieson, University of St Thomas and author of Consultation for Organizational Change

"Dialogic Organizational Development moves beyond the stability biased as- sumptions of social science and allows us to feel, see, think and act in new ways. It is a key contribution."
--Robert E. Quinn, University of Michigan and author of Deep Change and Change the World

"This is an exciting and much needed book! Bushe and Marshak with the help of a global team of scholar-practitioners have brought us a comprehensive discussion that pulls together the latest thinking and practices shaping the field of Organiza- tion Development. This is a book you will return to many times!"
--Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, Director of Quality & Equality Ltd., UK, and co-author of Organisation Development: A Practitioner's Guide for OD and HR

"Dialogic Organization Development will prove to be a milestone in the evolution of organization development. This volume provides both an essential orientation as well as pragmatic advice for employing an arsenal of impactful techniques."
--Loizos Heracleous, Warwick Business School and associate fellow, Oxford University

"Dialogic Organization Development, provides --Academy of Management Learning and Education Journal

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Gervase R. Bushe is professor of leadership and organization development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, USA and is a two-time winner of the Douglas McGregor Award.

Robert J. Marshak is distinguished scholar in residence at the School of Public Affairs, American University. He has received the OD Network s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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