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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Dr. Gervase Bushe, Professor of Leadership and Organization Development, is an internationally recognized scholar in organization development whose work is widely cited. His research has examined 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 other languages.  His most recent co-authoured book is Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Organization Development (2105). With an extensive background in designing transformational change processes, 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. Gervase is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and The Organization Development Practitioner.

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

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

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

Gervase R. Bushe

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

Gervase R. Bushe

Appreciative inquiry: Theory and critique

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

Gervase R. Bushe

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


Gervase R. Bushe; Eric H. Kessler

The appreciative inquiry model

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

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