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 andacting 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 a diverse array of change methods, such as Appreciative Inquiry, the Art of Convening, Open Space Technology, and many more.
Gervase R. Bushe is professor of leadership and organization development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, and is a two-time winner of the Douglas McGregor Award.
Robert J. Marshak is Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, DC and has been an organizational consultant for more than forty years. He is the author of Covert Processes at Work (2006) and Organizational Change: Views from the Edge (2009). He is a recipient of the OD Network's Lifetime Achievement Award.