Gervase Bushe

Professor of Leadership and Organization Development, Management and Organization Studies

Burnaby Room: WMC 4315
Burnaby Phone: 778.782.4104

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In 2016 Dr. Gervase Bushe, Professor of Leadership and Organization Development, was added to HR Magazine's list of the 30 most influential HR thinkers in the world and in 2017 was voted into the top 10. He studies organizational change, organizational learning, leadership and leadership development, teams and team building, change agents and change agentry. He has twice won the Douglas McGregor Award for his research. His 2009 book, Clear Leadership, has been translated into 6 languages.  His most recent co-authoured book is Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change (2015). With an extensive background in helping leaders create great organizations, Gervase consults to major corporations such as Business Objects, Telus, General Motors, the Vancouver Island and Fraser Health Authorities, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and ACL Analytics. His leadership development programs are licensed for delivery around the world through Clear Learning Ltd.

A chapter describing the evolution and impact of Gervase's work was commissioned for the The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers,

In addition to his academic pursuits Gervase, the father of two teenage children, enjoys playing guitar and spending time in the outdoors.

Specialization and Research Interests

Leadership, organizational change and development, groups and teamwork, consulting and change agentry.

Selected Publications

Articles and Reports

Creating collaborative organizations that can persist: The partnership principle

2017 | OD Practitioner. 49(3): 23-29

Where organisation development thrives

2017 | Winner 2017 Val Hammond Research Competition, Roffey Park Institute. | Download

Gervase Bushe, & Robert J. Marshak

The dialogic mindset: Leading emergent change in a complex world

2016 | Organization Development Journal. 34(1): 37-65 | Download

Gervase Bushe, & Neelima Paranjpey

Comparing the generativity of problem-solving versus appreciative inquiry: A field experiment

2015 | Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 51(3): 309-335 | Download

Gervase R. Bushe, & Alexandra Chu

Fluid teams: Solutions to the problems of unstable team membership

2011 | Organizational Dynamics. 40(3): 181-188 | Download

Gervase R. Bushe, & Robert J. Marshak

Revisioning organization development: Diagnostic and dialogic premises and patterns of practice

2009 | Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 45(3): 348-368 | Download

Gervase R. Bushe, & Graeme H. Coetzer

Group development and team effectiveness: Using shared cognitions to measure the impact of group development on task performance and group viability

2007 | Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. 43(2): 184-212 | Download

Books, Book Chapters and Monographs

Gervase R. Bushe, & Robert J. Marshak

Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice Of Transformational Change

2015 | Download

Gervase R. Bushe, & Robert J. Marshak

The dialogic mindset in organization development

2014 | Research in Organizational Change and Development. 22: 55-97 | Download

The appreciative inquiry model

2013 | Encyclopedia of management theory, Volume 1. 41-44 | Download

Gervase R. Bushe, & James O'Malley

Changing organizational culture through clear leadership

2013 | The change champion's field guide: Strategies and tools for leading change in your organization (2nd edition). Chapter 28: 463-479 | Download

Generative process, generative outcome: The transformational potential of appreciative inquiry

2013 | Organizational generativity: The appreciative inquiry summit and a scholarship of transformation (Advances in appreciative inquiry, Vol. 4). | Download

Appreciative inquiry: Theory and critique

2012 | The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change. 87-103 | Download

Clear leadership: Sustaining real collaboration and partnership at work (2nd Edition)


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