Dialogic OD is the next step in the evolution of organizational change theory, from thinking of organizations as organisms that adapt to their environments, to organizations as networks of meaning-making, always in a process of becoming.
The mission of BMI is to further research, theory and the practice of Dialogic OD.
We do this by publishing the BMI series of books in Dialogic OD, providing links to online resources for people interested in Dialogic OD, and creating partnerships to advance research and education in Dialogic OD.
Please look around our website – there are many useful things to discover including free downloads of our award-winning articles and a link to our ground-breaking textbook: Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change.
Professor Emeritus, Sloan School of Management, MIT, Author of Organizational Culture and Leadership
Dialogic Organization Development (OD) could not have arrived at a better time. The assumptions underlying it and some of the goals for social change and improvement that it articulates not only build on an important historical legacy but reinforce those aspects of OD that will be most needed in the future.
David L. Cooperrider
Professor of Appreciative Inquiry, Department of Organizational Behavior, Case Western Reserve University
Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak are a kind of next OD generation Bennis-Schein tandem—gifted thinkers each in their own right, but together even more daring as they are leading the new OD to its next major stage.
David W. Jamieson
Professor, Organization Learning & Development, University of St Thomas and President, Jamieson Consulting Group, Inc.
One gets a clear sense that ‘dialogic’ is bringing OD into the new, contemporary contexts, so real today, and so different from the contexts in which foundational OD was developed.
Robert E. Quinn
Margaret Elliott Tracy Collegiate Professor in Business, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Authour of Deep Change and Change the World
Dialogic Organizational Development moves beyond the stability biased assumptions of social science and allows us to feel, see, think and act in new ways.
Professor of Organization Theory and Deputy Dean, Cass Business School, City University London
The concept of dialogic OD was first developed by Gervase Bushe and Bob Marshak more than ten years ago and now these two leading academic-practitioners are really driving this new change agenda in a genuinely exciting and inspiring way.
Founder and CEO, Resonate Consulting, Past President, Indian Society for Applied Behavioral Sciences
Dialogic Organization Development is timely and relevant. Gervase and Bob’s shift from Diagnostic to Dialogic OD reveals the essence of organization development.
Juanita Brown Ph.D.
Co-author of the award-winning book The World Cafe: Shaping our Futures Through Conversations That Matter
Dialogic OD "stands on the shoulders of giants" and yet uses those contributions to take our field into exciting new territory, rich with possibility for enlivening organizations and communities through the lived experience of being able to change the conversation, and thus, change the future.