Gervase Bushe - Professional Bio


Gervase (pronounced Jervis) Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, one of the top 100 business research schools in the world. Gervase’s career spans over three decades of transforming organizational structures, culture and processes away from command and control toward more collaborative work systems.  He is an award winning authour of over 80 papers and three books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork.  Clear Leadership (2009) has been translated into 6 languages and he has won the prestigious Douglas McGregor award twice for his research papers.

Gervase has consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations, in a variety of sectors.  A recent organizational transformation, described in The Change Champions Field Guide (2013), helped a Southern California healthcare company’s employee engagement scores go from the 61st to 91st percentile in three years.  He is internationally known for his research on, and elaboration of, Appreciative Inquiry. His newest book, Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change, co-edited with Robert Marshak (2015) ( builds on his groundbreaking research into how organization development methods lead to transformational change.

For the first twenty years of his career Dr. Bushe focused on the design of collaborative organizations and the change processes needed to transform large command and control organizations.   Over the past 15 years he has been studying the leadership and organizing processes needed to make these new organizational structures function effectively and the transformational change processes required for real cultural change.  His training and development company, Clear Learning Ltd. ( supports managers who want to lead highly collaborative teams and organizations through the elaboration of a partnership based theory of organizational design and leadership.  Over 100 certified facilitators have trained tens of thousands of managers in North America, Europe and Asia in his models and methods. He regularly gives talks to corporate and public audiences on leadership and change.

Gervase received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from  Case Western Reserve  University. He was trained in laboratory education methods at the Sir George William's Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies in Montreal and is a certified T-group facilitator and OD consultant.  He is a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science,  Past Director of Professional Development and a past Co-Chair of Human Systems Development Professionals and an Associate of the Taos Institute for social construction theory and practice.  He is a an associate with numerous consulting companies, including the Roffey Park Institute in the United Kingdom, Provins Fem in Scandinavia,  Advance Groep in Holland and VeMajor SC in Latin America.

For a list of publications and academic honours download his C.V.

A Sample of Past and Current Clients

Nortel Networks
SAP-Business Objects
Previa AB
Vancouver School Board
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
General Motors
Shell Oil
Ensign Management
Fraser Health Authority
Macmillan Bloedel
BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Island Health Authority
Johnson Controls
Pacific Aquafoods
BC Research Corp.
Celanese Canada

For more information contact:

Clear Learning Ltd.
3898 Trenton Place
North Vancouver , BC
CANADA      V7R 3G5


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