Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change

  • 9h 15m
  • Gervase R. Bushe, Robert J. Marshak (eds)
  • Berrett-Koehler Publishers
  • 2015

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. Leaders and consultants can help foster change 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. This book offers the first comprehensive introduction to Dialogic Organization Development with chapters by a global team of leading scholar-practitioners addressing both theoretical foundations and specific practices.

In this Book

  • Foreword—Dialogic Organization Development: Past, Present, and Future
  • Introduction to the Dialogic Organization Development Mindset
  • Introduction to the Practice of Dialogic OD
  • Social Constructionist Challenge to Representational Knowledge—Implications for Understanding Organization Change
  • Discourse and Dialogic Organization Development
  • Generative Image—Sourcing Novelty
  • Complexity, Self-Organization, and Emergence
  • Understanding Organizations as Complex Responsive Processes of Relating
  • Consulting as Collaborative Co-Inquiry
  • Enabling Change—The Skills of Dialogic OD
  • Entering, Readiness, and Contracting for Dialogic Organization Development
  • Transformative Learning during Dialogic OD
  • Framing Inquiry—The Art of Engaging Great Questions
  • Hosting and Holding Containers
  • From Them to Us—Working with Multiple Constituents in Dialogic OD
  • Amplifying Change—A Three-Phase Approach to Model, Nurture, and Embed Ideas for Change
  • Coaching from a Dialogic OD Paradigm
  • Dialogic Process Consultation—Working Live
  • Conclusion—The Path Ahead


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