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Action Inquiry by William R. Torbert

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NINEFacilitating Organizational Transformations

M ultiple developmental processes at different scales (personal, team, organizational, national, etc.) influence one another, either interrupting, inhibiting, or encouraging the developmental process we originally focus on. Can we see these interweaving developmental processes in action and intervene to help whole organizations to transform from one developmental action-logic to another?

In this chapter, we first examine a small software company that is stuck between the Investments and Incorporation action-logics. Then we describe a new merger among three small residential health care companies at the Incorporation action-logic, where the challenge is to transform to the Experiments action-logic. ...

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