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When: Thursday, August 13, 2020
1:00-2:30pm ET
Where: United States

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The Basic Principles of Dialogic OD

In this session Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak will present the basic principles of Dialogic OD. According to Gervase and Bob: “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.” (

Join them to explore this assertion. They will also give a preview of the four 2020 sessions that will begin the OD Network Learning Series on Dialogic OD.

Check out our Dialogic OD resources to learn more.

Note: A recording of this session will be available following the event.


This session is free to members and non-members

Presenters: Gervase Bushe and Robert J. Marshak

Gervase BusheGervase (pronounced Jervis) Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His career spans almost four decades of transforming organizational structures, cultures and processes away from command and control toward more collaborative work systems. He is an award winning author of over 100 papers and three books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork. He has a B.A. from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Organizational Behavior. He is on the editorial boards of both scholarly and practical journals and has given talks and courses on leadership and organizational change methods in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Gervase has consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations, in a variety of sectors. He works with leaders who want to create great teams and organizations. One of his consulting projects, documented in The Change Champions Field Guide (2013), helped a Southern California healthcare company’s employee engagement scores go from the 61st to 91st percentile of all American hospitals in two years. His training and development company, Clear Learning Ltd., supports managers who want to lead highly collaborative teams and organizations through the elaboration of a partnership-based theory of organizational design and leadership. Clear Leadership (2009) has been translated into seven languages and over 100 certified facilitators have trained tens of thousands of managers in North America, Europe and Asia in his models and methods.

Dr. Bushe has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Douglas McGregor award twice, for his research papers, and the OD Network’s Larry Porter Award for Communicating OD Knowledge.

Robert MarshakRobert J. Marshak is recognized as one of the leading contemporary thinkers about organizational consulting and change. He began his career as a management analyst in a U.S. government scientific agency and later served in senior executive positions in science policy before leaving to start his own consulting practice. As a consultant, coach, and/or educator, he worked globally with senior leaders on strategic change initiatives. He most recently served as a Distinguished Scholar in Residence for OD Programs at American University, Washington, DC.

Over the years, Bob also worked with thousands of participants in OD and change leadership programs at universities and institutes in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Singapore, South Korea, and Japan. For NTL Institute he designed and served as Dean for residential workshops in conflict management, organizational change, and dealing with covert processes. He also served as Dean for NTL Certificate programs in Organization Development and Change Management conducted in Korea, Singapore and India. At American University he was one of the founding faculty for their OD Masters Program and taught more than 70 cohorts of OD graduate students.

Bob is the author of Covert Processes at Work: Managing the Five Hidden Dimensions of Organizational Change (2006), Organizational Change: Views from the Edge (2009), co-editor with Gervase Bushe of Dialogic Organization Development; The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change (2015), as well as more than 100 articles and book chapters on organizational consulting and change. He received the 2009 Douglas McGregor Memorial Award for the Best Article in the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, the 2016 Best Article Award in the Organization Development Journal, and the 2016 Most Outstanding Article Award in the Organization Development Practitioner.

His contributions as a consultant, educator, and author about language and change, the hidden dynamics of organizations, and Dialogic Organization Development have been recognized by numerous awards including: The OD Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the inaugural Distinguished Educator Award from the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management. A chapter about him and his work is in the Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers (2017). His BA is from Duke University and MPA and Ph.D. degrees from American University.

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