Gervase Bushe, professor of leadership and organization development, Beedie School of Business, Vancouver


Gervase Bushe
Gervase Bushe, professor of leadership and organization development, Beedie School of Business, Vancouver
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The Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Gervase Bushe’s career spans over three decades of transforming organizational structures, cultures and processes to create organizations that are good for people, good for profits and good for the planet.

He earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and is an award winning author of over 80 papers and three books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork. For the first 15 years of his career Bushe focused on the design of collaborative organizations and the change processes used to transform large command and control organizations. Over the past 20 years he has been studying the leadership and organizing processes needed to make these new organizational forms function effectively and the transformational change processes that create great organizations.

Bushe has won the prestigious Douglas McGregor award twice for his research papers on organization development. His best selling Clear Leadership (2009), a book on the skills of collaboration at work, has been translated into six languages. His newest book, Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change, (2015) co-edited with Robert Marshak, builds on his groundbreaking research into new methods for leading organizational change and has gathered international acclaim.

Bushe 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 of all American hospitals in three years. His training and development company, Clear Learning Ltd., supports managers who want to lead highly collaborative teams and organizations through practical applications of his theory of partnership-based 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. A sought-after keynote speaker, he has given talks and courses on leadership and organizational change in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

Bushe is an associate with numerous organisation development institutes around the world, including the Roffey Park Institute in the UK.

Sample videos

On Dialogic Organization Development

On Clear Leadership

On Generative Leadership

Recommended reading

On Clear Leadership

A brief introduction to Dialogic Organization Development

What is Organization Development

Where Organization Development Thrives


Personal website, where you can download many of his articles:

Website where you can find all his articles and videos on Dialogic OD:

Website for everything related to Clear Leadership:

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