Dialogic Organization Development (DOD)

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Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

Dialogic Organization Development (DOD)

🔥NEW Dialogic OD is the next step in the evolution of organizational change theory, from thinking of organizations as organisms that adapt to their environments, to organizations as networks of meaning-making, always in a process of becoming.

According to Edgar Schein: "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."

In 2015, Gervase Bushe and Robert Marshak release a publication "Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change".

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.


Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Dialogic Organization Development

That looks interesting indeed, Gary…. "from thinking of organizations as organisms that adapt to the... Sign up

Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

Why 'Dialogic' OD?

@Jaap de Jonge: The Diagnostic OD mindset was established in the 1960s and 1970s and emanates... Sign up

Gary Wong
Consultant, Canada

Contrasting Diagnostic OD and Dialogic OD

In the Diagnostic OD approach, organizations are viewed as living systems that need to have all of t... Sign up

Alkhaly Mohamed Tahey Conde
Lecturer, Guinea

Dialogic Organizational Development

Dear Gary Wong, thank you for your very instructive contribution. I think that Diagnostic and Dialog... Sign up


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