Dr. Gervase R. Bushe - Academic Work

Management and Organization Studies

Segal Graduate School of Business
Simon Fraser University
Vancouver, Canada

An internationally recognized Organization Development scholar, Dr. Bushe's award winning work on organizational change is cited in all contemporary organization development textbooks. Over the years his research has looked at processes of organizational change, leadership, the implementation of quality of work life, total quality management, organizational redesign and the development of empowered organizations as well as the characteristics and competencies of change agents and methods of change agentry. He has a B.A. from Concordia University, a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve.  He completed the 4-year trainer development program at the Sir George Williams Centre for Human Relations and Community Development in Montreal and is an Adjunct Faculty in the Human Systems Intervention graduate program at Concordia University.  Gervase is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and The Organization Development Practitioner.  He is listed in Who's Who in Canadian Business.

Gervase's research goes hand in hand with his consulting and training, which you can find out about here.

Recent Publications

Bushe, G.R. (2006) Sensemaking and the problems of learning from experience: Barriers and requirements for creating cultures of collaboration .  In S. Schulman (Ed.) Creating Cultures of Collaboration (pp.151-171).  San Francisco: Jossey Bass.

Coetzer, G. & Bushe, G.R. (2006) Using discrepancy theory to examine the relationship between shared cognition and group outcomes.  Team Performance Management, 12:5/6, 155-161.

Bushe, G.R. & Kassam, A.F. (2005) When is appreciative inquiry transformational?  A meta-case analysisJournal of Applied Behavioral Science, 41;2, 161-181. Honorable Mention, 2005 Douglas McGregor Memorial Award

Bushe, G.R. (2005) Appreciative leadership.  Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 105:5, 699-700.

Bushe, G.R. (2005) Praise and blessing: The function of the leader archetype.  AI Practitioner, November, 41-43.

Bushe, G.R. (2004) Managers want tribes not teams: An invitation to rethink teambuilding.  Organization Development Practitioner, 36:1, 9-12.

Coetzer, G.H. & Bushe, G.R. (2003) Using discrepancy theory to examine the relationship between shared cognition and group outcomes.  Best Paper Proceedings of the 63rd Academy of Management, pp. MOC:B1 - B6.

Bushe, G.R. & Naiman, L. (2003) The figure/ground of conflict.  In A.B. Van Gundy & L. Naiman (eds.) Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork, p.97.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.

Bushe, G.R. & Naiman, L. (2003) Golden moment.  In A.B. Van Gundy & L. Naiman (eds.) Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork, p.101.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass/Pfeiffer.

Bushe, G.R. (2002) The inner core of leadership.  Leader to Leader, 25 (summer), 37-41.

Bushe, G.R. (2001) Clear Leadership: How Outstanding Leaders Make Themselves Understood, Cut Through Organizational Mush, and Help Everyone Get Real at Work . Palo Alto, CA: Davies-Black.  A book on the skills of leading knowledge-based organizations and organizational learning.

Bushe, G.R. (2001) Self-differentiation: The missing ingredient in leadership. Organization Development Practitioner, 33:2, pp.41-47.

Bushe, G.R. (2001) Meaning making in teams: Appreciative inquiry with pre-identity and post-identity groups.  In Fry, R., Barrett, F.  Speiling, J. & Whitney, D. (eds.) Appreciative Inquiry and Organizational Transformation: Reports from the Field, (pp. 39-63).  Westport, CT: Quorum Books.

For more information and reading on Appreciative Inquiry follow this link:  Appreciative Inquiry

Bushe, G.R. (2001) Five theories of change embedded in appreciative inquiry.   In Cooperrider, D., Sorenson, P., Whitney, D. & Yeager, T. (eds.) Appreciative Inquiry: Rethinking Human Organization Toward a Positive Theory of Change, (pp.99-109) Champaign, IL: Stipes.

Bushe, G.R. (2000) “Clear leadership”.  Proceedings of the 2000 OD Network Annual Conference,  Atlanta, pp.13-20.

Bushe, G.R. (1998) “Power and the empowered organization: The design of power in highly adaptive organizations”.  Organization Development Practitioner, 30:4, pp.31-43.

Bushe, G.R. (1998) Appreciative inquiry in teams. The Organization Development Journal, 16:3, 41-50.  Reprinted in Coopperrider, D., Sorensen, P., Whitney, D. and Yeager, T (eds.)  Appreciative Inquiry: Rethinking Human Organization Toward a Positive Theory of Change. Champaign, IL: Stipes, 2001.

Bushe, G.R., Havlovic, S.J. & Coetzer, G. (1996) Exploring empowerment from the inside-out, Part 2. Journal for Quality and Participation, 19:3, 78-84.

Bushe, G.R., Havlovic, S.J. & Coetzer, G. (1996) Exploring empowerment from the inside-out. Journal for Quality and Participation, 19:2, 36-45.  1 of 22 articles selected from the 400 leading  management journals for the 1996 Anbar Management Hall of Fame.

Bushe G.R. & Coetzer, G. Appreciative inquiry as a team development intervention: A controlled experiment. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 31,19-30, 1995.

Bushe, G.R. Havlovic, S.J. & Coetzer, G. (1995) Empowerment from the Inside-Out: The Emergence of Empowered Work Teams in a Regulated Utility. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Management Development, Government of Canada.

Bushe, G.R. (1995) Advances in appreciative inquiry as an organization development intervention. Organization Development Journal, 13:3, 14-22.  Chosen as one of the ten best articles ever published in the Organization Development Journal and reprinted in (1999) Special Issue: The Best of the OD Journal in the 20th Century, 17:2, 61-68.  Reprinted in Coopperrider, D., Sorensen, P., Whitney, D. and Yeager, T (eds.) Appreciative Inquiry: Rethinking Human Organization Toward a Positive Theory of Change. Champaign, IL: Stipes, 2001.
 

 

For a list of all publications go to:Curriculum Vitae

Research in Progress

The processes and effects of "Clear Leadership".   Processes and effects of Appreciative Inquiry. Appreciative Inquiry into Succession in Family Owned Firms.   Effects of discrepancies and shared cognitions on task teams.  A theory of group development in task teams. 

Research Grants and Contracts

$150,000 3 year study of use of Appreciative Inquiry by the Vancouver School Board to optimize the learning environment of students, Ministry of Education, Province of British Columbia 

$4,500  Predicting Group Outcomes from Group States Coded at Individual and Group Levels. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council small grants

$5,000.  A Study of the Organizational Dynamics of a Rapidly Growing Company:  PMC-Sierra.  Management of Technology Business Council Research Grant (with L. Pinfield).

$10,000. Canadian Centre for Management Development, "A Study of Empowered Work Teams and Team-Based Organizing in a Public Sector Organization," (with S. Havlovic).

$20,000    Dynamics of Implementing Statistical Process Control: A Behavioural Science Perspective. Technological Innovation Studies Program, Department of Regional Economic Expansion, Government of Canada.

Other Scholarly Activities

Papers delivered at conferences:  "Revisioning OD: A Post-Modern Perspective"  Social Constructionism and Large Systems Change, Taos Institute, October, 2005.  "When is appreciative inquiry transformational? An analysis of published cases" 64th Academy of Management Conference, New Orleans August 2004 (with A. Kassam). "Using discrepancy theory to examine the relationship between shared cognition and group outcomes", 63rd Academy of Management, Seattle, August 2003 (with G. Coetzer).  Keynote address: The Appreciative Self: Inspiring the Best in People”,  Leading Positive Organizational Change in the New Millennium, University of California Berkeley, June, 2002. "Organizational Learning Conversations" ODNetwork Annual Conference, Atlanta, 2000.   "Five Theories of Change Embedded in Appreciative Inquiry" 18th Annual Congress of OD, Trinity College, Dublin 1998. "The Emergence of Empowered Work Teams in a Fragmented Change Effort: Paths of Least Resistance" National Academy of Management Conference, 1995 (with G. Coetzer & S. Havlovic). "Appreciative Inquiry: A Post-Modern Approach to Action Research for Social Change" Conference on New Approaches to Community Economic Development, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, B.C..

Invited Scholarly Talks:  "Appreciative Inquiry"  Canadian Educators Association, Vancouver, May 2006.  "Developing Leadership", BC Human Resources Management Association - Vancouver Island March 2003; “"Clear Leadership: A New Image of Leadership for the New Millennium", Holland College, Charlottetown, February, 2001.  "Truth" and "Openess": Collaboration in a Post-Modern Organization". Conference on New Terms of Engagement in a Networked World, Centre for Management Innovation, Simon Fraser University 2000. "Appreciative Inquiry in Teams" University of Calgary, Summer Institute in Participatory Development, June 2000.  "Appreciative Inquiry" University of South Africa, Pretoria, March 1999 and Stockholm School of Economics, Swedish Council for Working Life and Sinova, Stockholm, September 1998.  "Post Modern Action Research" Center for Advanced Leadership Studies, Stockholm School of Economics, September, 1998.


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