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Björn Gustavsen: Democratic dialogue and development
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Physics and Electrical Engineering.
2017 (English)In: The Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers / [ed] David B. Szabla, William A. Pasmore, Mary A. Barnes, Asha N. Gipson, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, p. 555-573Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Björn Gustavsen, with an original professional background as a lawyer and judge in his native Norway, has had a formative role in organizational development processes in Norway, Sweden, Scandinavia, and the European Union over four decades. Following in the tradition of Norwegian working life research by Trist and Thorsrud, he has provided the conceptual framework and practical case studies which have driven major national and international programs. He has learned from different experience of organizational change in, for example, the USA and Japan, but he has identified a distinctive way forward for the European Union, where he has acted as a senior adviser. In contrast to conventional Taylorist top-down management and reliance on expert consultants, his approach has been bottom-up and concept driven, with a focus on empowering workers. With a commitment to long-term sustainable processes, he has emphasized the importance of capacity building and succession planning, highlighting development organizations. His approach to partnership and coalition building has enabled collaboration across sectors, in the cause of creating collaborative advantage. He has a distinctive fluent academic writing style, but spends most of his time engaged in the design and practice of development, and editing the work of younger colleagues. He has seen the role of academic journals and edited books in the development process, so has encouraged new publications, but without seeking to dominate. He took ideas of action research and case studies and applied them to national enterprise development programs, working with the labor market parties. This has resulted in a distinctive research and development culture. © Springer International Publishing AG 2017.

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Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. p. 555-573
Keywords [en]
Action research, Democratic dialogue, Development coalition, Development organization, Labor market parties
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Economy, Organisation theory
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-84403DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-52878-6_42Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85055672645ISBN: 9783319528786 (electronic)ISBN: 9783319528779 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-84403DiVA, id: diva2:1319593
Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved

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