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The Change Doctors is a rare and important book for organisation development practitioners. The change doctors and their editors have made a significant contribution to the 21st-century literature on the subject.
Philip Mix, Managing Director of Ashridge Consulting
The purpose of this book is to help those involved in organisational consulting to discover deeper meaning in their work. The editors showcase first-hand accounts of five graduates of the Ashridge Doctorate in Organisational Change (ADOC) who changed their lives and their work through systematic self-reflection. As students and practitioners of “action research,” each invented personal ways of consulting that contradict traditional management practices at every turn. They found that by uncovering hidden dimensions in their own experience they could enable their clients in many fields to achieve new levels of success.
The five Change Doctors who reveal themselves here take consulting into places previously unexplored. They learn that “change” does not last long. They learn that hidden creativity exists in every person. They discover they can change the world by reflecting their life values in every meeting, every day. In reading their stories, we may come to appreciate how to enrich our own lives by a practice simple but not easy--an ongoing inquiry into our world, our workplaces, and ourselves.
Complex forms of organising, and related system dynamics, are emerging in ways that were unimagined and unimaginable in the 20th century, when organisation development was established as a field of practice. In this context, new theories about organising, ways of working, and intervention are emerging – and will continue to emerge – to help practitioners facilitate system task accomplishment and to contain system anxieties. The Change Doctors leads the way to a new understanding of this practice.
About the editors
The editors are Kathleen King and John Higgins. Kathleen is a practising consultant and leads the Doctoral and Masters’ Programmes in Organisation Consulting at Ashridge. John Higgins is a research associate of Ashridge Business School who has been investigating the practice of psychologically and socially constructed consulting for five years. He is the author of an intimate inquiry into the experience of authority:Images of authority – working within the shadow of the crown.