Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change

Dialogic Organization Development (OD) could not have arrived at a better time.  The assumptions underlying it and some of the goals for social change and improvement that it articulates not only build on an important historical legacy but reinforce those aspects of OD that will be most needed in the future.

Edgar H. Schein

This unusual book was published in May 2015 by Berrett-Koehler.  Buy it here, or any online bookstore.

The story behind the book: we wrote up an ideal table of contents for a book on the theory and practice of Dialogic OD, and then reached out to the best people we knew, or knew of, to write each of those chapters.  The result was 23 highly experienced and knowledgable dialogic scholar-practitioners, from four continents and the middle east,  contributed a chapter on an aspect of either theory or practice they excel in. A remarkable resource of insight, methods, and wisdom emerged, all focused on a similar paradigm of practice. 

Unlike most edited books, this doesn't read like a hodge-podge of perspectives.  Instead, the collaborators worked with us to produce a highly coherent and integrated text, where chapters flow one to the next, in conversation with each other, providing both the student of OD and change, and the seasoned practitioner, a timely reference work they will go back to time and again.

Table of Contents

Forward: Dialogic Organization Development: Past, Present and Future    Edgar H. Schein   

 Introduction and Overview    Gervase R. Bushe and Robert J. Marshak
1. Introduction to the Dialogic Organization Development Mindset    Gervase R. Bushe and Robert J. Marshak   
2. Introduction to the Practice of Dialogic OD    Gervase R. Bushe and Robert J. Marshak  

Theoretical Bases of Dialogic Organization Development  
3. Social Constructionist Challenge to Representational Knowledge:  Implications for Understanding Organization Change    Frank J. Barrett 
4. Discourse and Dialogic Organization Development   Robert J. Marshak, David S. Grant, and Maurizio Floris
5. Generative Image: Sourcing Novelty    Gervase R. Bushe and Jacob Storch
6. Complexity, Self-Organization and Emergence   Peggy Holman
7. Understanding Organizations as Complex Responsive Processes of Relating    Ralph Stacey
8. Consulting as Collaborative Co-Inquiry    J. Kevin Barge

The Practice of Dialogic Organization Development  
  9. Enabling Change:  The Skills of Dialogic OD   Jacob Storch
10. Entering, Readiness and Contracting for Dialogic Organization  Development    Tova Averbuch
11. Transformative Learning During Dialogic OD    Yabome Gilpin-Jackson 
12. Framing Inquiry: The Art of Engaging Great Questions    Nancy Southern
13. Hosting and Holding Containers    Chris Corrigan 
14. From Them to Us: Working with Multiple Constituents in Dialogic OD    Ray Gordezky  
15. Amplifying Change: A 3-Phase Approach to Model, Nurture and Embed Ideas for Change   Michael Roehrig, Joachim Schwendenwein and Gervase R. Bushe  
16. Coaching From a Dialogic OD Paradigm    Chené Swart   
17. Dialogic Process Consultation: Working Live    Joan Goppelt and Keith W. Ray  
           Commentary on Dialogic Process Consultation    Patricia Shaw   

Conclusion: The Path Ahead    Gervase R. Bushe & Robert J. Marshak