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 9 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 the Bushe-Marhsak Institute for Dialogic Organization Development, he edits and publishes the BMI series of books on Dialogic OD
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. R., & Lewis, S. (2023). Three change strategies in organization development: data-based, high engagement and generative. Leadership and Organization Development Journal, 44(2), 173-188. http://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-05-2022-0229
Bushe, G. (2019). Generative Leadership. Canadian Journal of Physician Leadership, 5(3). https://cjpl.ca/generative.html
Maxton, P. J., & Bushe, G. R. (2018). Individual Cognitive Effort and Cognitive Transition During Organization Development. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 54(4), 424-456. http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886318795391
Bushe, G. R., & Nagaishi, M. (2018). Imagining the future through the past: Organization Development isn't (just) about change. Organization Development Journal, 36(3), 23-36. https://beedie.sfu.ca/tracs/../sms/admin/_DocLibrary/_ic/294ed1790ff04ed52163792f62260b6d.pdf
Bushe, G., & Marshak, R. J. (2016). The dialogic mindset: Leading emergent change in a complex world. Organization Development Journal, 34(1), 37-65. http://www.dialogicod.net/articles/Leadership_Dialogic_Mindset.pdf
Bushe, G. R., & Paranjpey, N. (2015). Comparing the Generativity of Problem Solving and 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, 29(1), 7-24. http://www.gervasebushe.ca/comparative_case.pdf
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
Bushe, G. R., & Coetzer, G. H. (2007). Group development and team effectiveness: Using cognitive representations to measure group development and predict task performance and group viability. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 43(2), 184-212. http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886306298892
books chapters and monographs
Bushe, G. (2020). The Dynamics of Generative Change. Bushe-Marshak Institute for Dialogic Organization Development (BMI).
Bushe, G., & Marshak, R. (2020). Social Construction and the Practice of Dialogic Organization Development. In McNamee, S., Gergen, M. M., Camargo-Borges, C., & Rasera, E. F. (Eds.), Sage Handbook of Social Constructionist Practice. Sage Publications, Inc (US). https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/the-sage-handbook-of-social-constructionist-practice/book266523
Bushe, G., & Marshak, R. J. (Eds.), (2018). Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change (Japanese translation by K.Nakamura). Eiji Press.
Bushe, G. R., & Marshak, R. J. (2017). Valuing both the journey and the destination in organization development. In Jamieson, D. W., Church, A. H., & Vogelsang, J. D. (Eds.), Enacting Values-Based Change: Organization Development in Action (pp. 87-97). Palgrave Macmillan. http://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69590-7_6
Bushe, G. R., & Marshak, R. J. (2014). The dialogic mindset in organization development. Research in Organizational Change and Development (pp. 55-97). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. http://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620140000022002
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., Smallwood, N., Ulrich, D., & Goldsmith, M. (Eds.), The change champion's field guide: Strategies and tools for leading change in your organization (2nd edition) (pp. 463-479). Wiley (US). http://clearlearning.ca/files/Change_culture.pdf
Bushe, G. R. (2013). Generative process, generative outcome: The transformational potential of appreciative inquiry. In Cooperrider, D. L., Boland, B., Avital, M., Godwin, L. N., Zandee, D. P., Cooperrider, D. L., Boland, B., Avital, M., Godwin, L., Zandee, D. P., Cooperrider, D. L., Zandee, D. P., Godwin, L. N., Avital, M., & Boland, B. (Eds.), Organizational generativity: The appreciative inquiry summit and a scholarship of transformation (Advances in appreciative inquiry, Vol. 4). Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. http://doi.org/10.1108/S1475-9152(2013)0000004003
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). Routledge. http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203810279
Bushe, G. R. (2010). Clear leadership: Sustaining real collaboration and partnership at work. Nicholas Brealey Publishing Limited.
Bushe, G. R., & Kassam, A. F. (2005). 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). Sage Publications, Inc (US). http://doi.org/10.1177/0021886304270337