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 management research schools in the world. Gervase’s
career spans over four 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 100 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. In 2016 the UK-based HR Magazine added him to their
list of the 30 most influential HR thinkers in the world.
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 can produce 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, 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
Vancouver School Board
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Fraser Health Authority
BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver Island Health Authority
BC Research Corp.
Clear Learning Ltd.