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

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8Consulting as Collaborative Co-Inquiry

J. Kevin Barge

Consulting collaboratively can be a highly unstructured process in which the consultant essentially joins into the flow of organizing, as described in Chapters 7 and 17, without much negotiating of roles or processes. More often, it is a form of collective inquiry that foregrounds the role of conversation in articulating a focus for inquiry, designing a process to create new frameworks for meaning and action, contemplating one’s experience, and determining what steps need to be taken in the future. All Dialogic OD consulting is collaborative because consulting conversations, by their very nature, are a collective achievement among consultants and the people they work with, in which the different ...

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