|Pre-Publication Praise for Dialogic Organization Development: Theory and Practice (Reviews at bottom)
Dialogic Organization Development is an absolute ‘must read’ book for academics, practitioners and students who claim to have an interest in processes of planned organizational change. The elaboration of dialogic OD offered in this edited collection is accessible, engaging and comprehensive. The editors and contributors pull off the rather rare feat of presenting thoughtful and thought-provoking insights which are both conceptually-rich and pragmatically-grounded. Writing an endorsement is easy when a book is this good!
Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak are a kind of next OD generation
Bennis-Schein tandem—gifted thinkers each in their own right, but together even
more daring as they are leading the new OD to its next major stage. Imagine
what early OD would have been without the exciting union of academic rigor and
powerful practice that the Schein-Bennis team so aptly perfected. Well the
Bushe-Marshak collaboration, together with an amazing collection of other
leaders in the field, has done the same and more: they’ve challenged much in
our past and have somehow also achieved a joyous homecoming to what matters
most in OD—it’s the democratic, dialogic, jointly created design of the fully
Fairmount | David L. Cooperrider Professor of Appreciative Inquiry
Department of Organizational Behavior
Case Western Reserve University
OD is back, thanks to Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak. Bushe and Marshak have conceptualized OD in a way that is both novel and integrates crucial foundational principles of OD as they have evolved over time. It is the first truly “new” approach to OD in many years. The claims made are not, however, solely “theoretical”. The book is based on considerable successful practice. Many of its chapter authors are recognized experts in the topics being discussed. In some cases these chapter authors have helped to create the scholarly foundations of a dialogic mindset; in other cases they have developed the practices that embody such a mindset.
This book is more than welcome. It will be central to the scholarship and practice of OD for years to come.
Jean M. Bartunek
The wisdom and experience captured between the covers of this book is 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 and also a warm invitation to address the questions at new and deeper levels.
In this first comprehensive treatment of Dialogic OD, Bushe and Marshak have brought greater clarity to how this new form of OD is both different and related to foundational OD and assembled an outstanding collection of theories and practices to ground this work for the future. In this book, 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. This is an essential work for graduate OD education and advanced understanding of the evolving field.
In this insightful compendium, Dialogic Organization Development honors and builds on the values of the founders of the field with more recent understandings drawn from complexity theory, social construction, and cognitive sciences. Dialogic OD takes our field into exciting new territory, rich with possibility for enlivening organizations and communities through the lived experience of being able to change the conversation, and thus, change the future. May this important book find a wide and receptive audience!
Dialogic Organization Development will prove to be a milestone in the evolution of organization development as both a conceptual heritage and a process consultation practice. The chapters in this volume enrich current understandings of organization development and push boundaries .
Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak offer a comprehensive approach to organizational change that reinvigorates our conversation about OD and helps us re-imagine the theories and approaches that inform our consulting practices. This is a valuable resource for both graduate OD courses and OD practitioners.
OD is in the midst of its own transformation. Bushe and Marshak's Dialogic Organization Development, with its A-list of authors and contributors, is the much needed book that puts the stake in the ground upon which that transformed future will be built.
Dialogic Organization Development promises to further energize and advance the field of OD during a time in the evolution of organizations when we need all the help we can get in terms of designing and effectively managing complex social systems. The collection of papers in this volume represents a significant contribution to the literature of the field.
Richard W. Woodman
Dialogic Organizational Development moves beyond the stability biased assumptions of social science and allows us to feel, see, think and act in new ways. It is a key contribution.
Robert E. Quinn
Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak have done a commendable job in contributing to the field of OD. By inviting a number of gifted people to co-create this book, they have come out with an outstanding product. Looking back at the past with an introspective eye, sharing deep insights from contemporary work and stimulating new questions for the future- this is a rich tapestry of learning that is bound to create much joy and excitement amongst researchers, students, teachers and practitioners. I strongly endorse this book and pray that it touches many people all over the world.
Anil SachdevDialogic Organization Development, as so masterfully presented in this book, provides a “must have” travelling mind set and guide book for organisations wishing to constructively and sustainably engage and embed themselves in emerging economies that are in the throes of undergoing radical transformation.
Founder & CEO, Grow Talent
and School of Inspired Leadership
Theo H. Veldsman
Professor and Chair,
Department of Industrial Psychology and People Management,
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
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 Organization Development. Offering a compelling and integrative framework called the Dialogic OD Mindset they provide clarity and integrity to dialogic ways of working with leaders and organizations. This is a book you will return to many times!
Dr. Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge
Director of Quality & Equality, LTD, United Kingdom
Senior Fellow, Roffey Park Management Institute and Singapore Civil Service College.
revival of the theoretical traditions of OD has been pending for a long
time. At last, this very remarkable book by Gervase Bushe and Bob
Marshak provides an up-to-date conceptual framework and a corresponding
mindset for the further development of the OD approach. Dialogic Organization Development
is about to close a painful gap in the scientific community and among
practitioners. It will certainly be a valuable contribution to
important research in the field of applied sciences. I hope this new
volume, with its rich variety of contributions, will find a broad
reception, especially in Europe.
Prof. for Leadership & Organization
Vice-President, University Witten/Herdecke, Germany
As OD has developed over the past 55 or so years, one aspect has become predominant – an “allopathic” approach of diagnosing symptoms and prescribing treatment. From the beginning, there have also been more implicit, less tangible, more subjective and emergent OD processes that, until recently, have been given less attention over the decades by most mainstream practitioners. Dialogic Organization Development brings a much-needed focus on, and strengthening of, these less rational and mechanistic processes that honor the emergence of new meaning, new thinking, and new understanding of the systems we work and live in.
By focusing more attention on what is trying to emerge, and by providing a different narrative about what is essential to successful OD practice in this age of increasing turbulence and complexity, this unusually well integrated anthology will certainly disrupt the status quo of prevailing contemporary OD practices.
John D. Adams
Dialogic Organization Development connects the theory and practice worlds through a compelling and accessible explanation of a different way of doing OD, which, as Ed Schein says in the Forward “could not have arrived at a better time”. The book is full of rich resources for existing and potential dialogic OD consultants and researchers.
Ann L Cunliffe
book is a most compelling and much needed resource to further
substantiate Dialogic Organization Development as a historically
mindful, yet revitalized OD approach to understand and orchestrate
organizational change. Utterly solid in its theoretical foundations,
the book offers most useful practical advice for OD scholars and
practitioners alike. Pertinence and comprehensiveness of the volume
hold promise to make it an OD classic right from the start!
Claus D. Jacobs
Professor of Strategic Management and Organization,
Berne University of Applied Sciences and University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Associate Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
their cultures, their markets and the people involved are so
dramatically different, that developmental change cannot be copied or
implemented from a template. Organization development needs to
emerge from the real engagement of organizational members. This
book describes the necessary processes for people who are willing to
take on the challenge of transformational change, in a way that
maintains the dignity of the human spirit.
Dr. Bernd Schmid
CEO isb GmbH,Germany
author, Systemische Organisationsentwicklung.
Dialogic OD provides a central resource for students interested in how to intervene in organizations based on a social-constructivist understanding and for change agents looking for an opportunity to reflect on their practice and expand their conceptual and practical toolbox to deal with the challenges of contemporary organizations.
Dialogic Organization Development is a truly pioneering work that puts the focus back on the heart of OD – the spirit of inquiry. It is widely recognized that organizations today operate in an environment that is referred to as VUCA – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. This edited volume is, therefore very timely because there is increasing need for stimulating alternative or generative images, shaping how people think about things, and coming to terms with adaptive problems that involve changing mindsets.
S. Ramnarayan, Ph.D.
The shift from Diagnostic to Dialogic OD reveals the essence of organization development. This book makes it easy to understand and apply and creates the possibility of combining many new approaches. I found it enriching, provocative, and challenging. I fully resonated with the theory and practice of this approach and endorse it completely.
Kohei (Ken) Nishikawa
Konan University Graduate School of Accountancy
Co-Director, OD Association of Japan
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