Henley Forum - Professor Cliff Oswick
Prof Cliff Oswick, Chair in Organisation Theory, Cass Business School
Session title: Activating organisational change dynamics; towards post-dialogic OD approaches
The field of Organization Development (OD) is changing significantly. The presentation distinguishes between: traditional OD (i.e. diagnostic approaches); contemporary OD (i.e. dialogic approaches); and, emerging OD (i.e. post-dialogic approaches). It is posited that the very latest strands of OD activity are radically different to earlier incarnations in terms of their ‘activation’ and their ‘dynamism’. With regards to activation, they are less structured and hierarchical and more ‘networked’ and ‘bottom-up’ in orientation. Moreover, and unlike diagnostic OD (which focuses on a ‘punctuated past’) or dialogic OD (which focuses on a relatively ‘predictable future’), emerging forms of OD tend to ‘unfold-in-the-present’. And, as such, they are far more dynamic in nature (i.e. emerging via spontaneous, unpredictable and improvised forms of talk and action that develop in real-time). The implications for management and organizations of these post-dialogic forms of OD will also be explored.
Cliff is Professor of Organization Theory, Cass Business School, City University London. He is the European Editor for Journal of Organizational Change Management and Associate Editor for Journal of Change Management. He is also an elected member of the National Training Laboratory, chair of the board of trustees for The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, and a member of the Executive Board of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management.