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 7 languages. His influential, co-authoured book, Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change (2015) was recently translated into Japanese (Eiji, 2018). His most recent book is The Dynamics of Generative Change (2020)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.
Research InterestsLeadership, organizational change and development, groups and teamwork, consulting and change agentry.
articles and reports
Bushe, G. (2019). Generative Leadership. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership, 5(3).
Maxton, P. J., & Bushe, G. (2018). Individual cognitive effort and cognitive transition during organization development. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886318795391
Bushe, G., & Marshak, R. J. (2016). The dialogic mindset: Leading emergent change in a complex world. Organization Development Journal, 34(1), 37-65.
Bushe, G., & Paranjpey, N. (2015). Comparing the generativity of problem-solving versus appreciative inquiry: A field experiment. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 51(3), 309-335. http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886314562001
Bushe, G. R., & Chu, A. (2011). Fluid teams: Solutions to the problems of unstable team membership. Organizational Dynamics, 40(3), 181-188. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.orgdyn.2011.04.005
Bushe, G. R. (2010). A comparative case study of appreciative inquiries in one organization: Implications for practice. Revista de Cercetare si Interventie Sociala [Review of Research and Social Intervention], 29(June), 7-24.
Bushe, G. R., & Coetzer, G. H. (2007). Group development and team effectiveness: Using shared cognitions to measure the impact of group development on task performance and group viability. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 43(2), 184-212. http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886306298892
Bushe, G. R., & Marshak, R. J. (2009). Revisioning organization development: Diagnostic and dialogic premises and patterns of practice. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 45(3), 348-368. http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886309335070
books chapters and monographs
Bushe, G. (2020). The Dynamics of Generative Change. North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Bushe-Marshak Institute for Dialogic Organization Development (BMI). ISBN:978-1699484210.
Bushe, G., & Marshak, R. J. (Ed.). (2018). Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change (Japanese translation by K.Nakamura). Japan: Eiji Press.
Bushe, G. R., & Marshak, R. J. (Ed.). (2015). Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice Of Transformational Change. Oakland, California, United States: Berrett-Koehler. ISBN:9781626564046.
Bushe, G. R., & O'Malley, J. (2013). Changing organizational culture through clear leadership. In Sullivan, R., Carter, L., Ulrich, D., Goldsmith, M., Sullivan, R., Carter, L., ... Goldsmith, M. (Eds.), The change champion's field guide: Strategies and tools for leading change in your organization (2nd edition) (pp. 463-479). New York, New York, United States: Wiley (US).
Bushe, G. R. (2012). Appreciative inquiry: Theory and critique. In Hassard, J., Burnes, B., Boje, D. M., Hassard, J., Burnes, B., & Boje, D. M. (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Organizational Change (pp. 87-103). Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom: Routledge.
Bushe, G. R. (2010). Clear leadership: Sustaining real collaboration and partnership at work. Boston, Massachusetts, United States: Nicholas Brealey Publishing Limited. ISBN:9780891063827.
Bushe, G. R., & Kassam, A. F. (2009). When is appreciative inquiry transformational? A meta-case analysis. In Coghlan, D., & Shani, A. B. (Eds.), Fundamentals of Organization Development, Volume 3 (pp. 245-266). Thousand Oaks, California, United States: Sage Publications, Inc (US). http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886304270337
Bushe, G. (2009). Clear leadership: Sustaining real collaboration and partnership at work. Palo Alto, California, United States: Davies-Black. ISBN:9780891062271.