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Dialogic Organization Development

Book Description

A Dynamic New Approach to Organizational Change
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. Leaders and consultants can help foster change by encouraging disruptions to taken-for-granted ways of thinking and acting and the use of generative images to stimulate new organizational conversations and narratives. This book offers the first comprehensive introduction to Dialogic Organization Development with chapters by a global team of leading scholar-practitioners addressing both theoretical foundations and specific practices.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Foreword: Dialogic Organization Development: Past, Present, and Future
  6. Part I Introduction and Overview
    1. 1. Introduction to the Dialogic Organization Development Mindset
    2. 2. Introduction to the Practice of Dialogic OD
  7. Part II Theoretical Bases of Dialogic Organization Development
    1. 3. Social Constructionist Challenge to Representational Knowledge: Implications for Understanding Organization Change
    2. 4. Discourse and Dialogic Organization Development
    3. 5. Generative Image: Sourcing Novelty
    4. 6. Complexity, Self-Organization, and Emergence
    5. 7. Understanding Organizations as Complex Responsive Processes of Relating
    6. 8. Consulting as Collaborative Co-Inquiry
  8. Part III Practices of Dialogic Organization Development
    1. 9. Enabling Change: The Skills of Dialogic OD
    2. 10. Entering, Readiness, and Contracting for Dialogic Organization Development
    3. 11. Transformative Learning during Dialogic OD
    4. 12. Framing Inquiry: The Art of Engaging Great Questions
    5. 13. Hosting and Holding Containers
    6. 14. From Them to Us: Working with Multiple Constituents in Dialogic OD
    7. 15. Amplifying Change: A Three-Phase Approach to Model, Nurture, and Embed Ideas for Change
    8. 16. Coaching from a Dialogic OD Paradigm
    9. 17. Dialogic Process Consultation: Working Live
      1. Commentary on Dialogic Process Consultation
  9. Part IV Conclusion: The Path Ahead
  10. Acknowledgments
  11. Index
  12. List of Contributors
  13. Footnotes
    1. 6. Complexity, Self-Organization, and Emergence
    2. 9. Enabling Change: The Skills of Dialogic OD
    3. 10. Entering, Readiness, and Contracting for Dialogic Organization Development
    4. 13. Hosting and Holding Containers
    5. 14. From Them to Us: Working with Multiple Constituents in Dialogic OD
    6. 16. Coaching from a Dialogic OD Paradigm