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Dialogic Organization Development by Gervase R. Bushe, Robert J. Marshak, Edgar H. Schein

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4Discourse and Dialogic Organization Development

Robert J. Marshak, David S. Grant, and Maurizio Floris

Chapter 3 described how recent developments in philosophy and social science are changing our view of the world from something given, to be apprehended, to something constructed through social interaction. These new ways of thinking have obvious consequences for how one thinks about organizations and change. This chapter discusses how these changes are showing up in scholarly research on organizations and organizational change and their implications for Dialogic Organization Development. It begins with a brief history of the way in which an “interpretive orientation” emerged in management theory. Much of this work has come under the label of ...

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