Reflexive Inquiry: A Framework for Consultancy Practice by Christine Oliver

By Christine Oliver

The impetus for this e-book got here from an appreciation that reflexivity, for either advisor and consumer, is the middle factor for facilitating the "changing organization." primary to this trust, Reflexive Inquiry (RI) attracts at the spirit of 5 overlapping theoretical traditions--systemic, social constructionist, severe, appreciative, and complexity. those ideas each one provide a contribution to the administration of reflexive cognizance and are used to form consultancy perform. instruments expressing those methods and embodying and facilitating reflexivity are honed and sharpened with illustrations from particular organizational circumstances. RI is on the market as a counterpoint to Appreciative Inquiry (AI), a standard consultancy technique discourse for operating with organizational change.

In half one of many publication, the body of RI is determined out. partly , its rules and instruments are delivered to existence in organizational and group improvement contexts. half 3 attracts out a few implications of the foundations, arguments, versions, and instruments provided for project learn, whereas half 4 concludes and takes a glance on the capability for destiny improvement.

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The manager may be placed as audience or as participant. If they begin in the domain of explanation they could inquire into their different experiences and narratives about participation, draw out their stories, exploring the contextual logic for the patterns they find. In the domain of production they could discuss how they felt such patterns ought to be, sharing opinions and arguing for particular proposals. In the domain of aesthetics they could take a systemic view of the two previous discussions and reflect on the fit that is needed with team, role, task, and organizational purposes.

Through amplifying the detail of the interpretive act in this way the potential for reflexive evaluation is increased, when one can become more conscious of the partiality and multiplicity of possibilities for interpretation and action. Feeling (bodily response): at the point of receiving a communication, we are helped by our senses to read it. We see, hear, touch and feel what is communicated; we experience sensory and emotional responses. These responses are coloured by the contexts of past experience, cultural and relational contexts, and the environmental context of communication.

It will attempt to show how these structures express an RI orientation through connection back to the RI principles laid out in Chapter One. Over the past few years a colleague1 and I have been working with a male religious community. I was invited to work with them when they heard about my work with AI. The community presented their concerns in a language of conflict, demoralization, and breakdown in communication. Most members of the community experienced severe distress; loss of membership became a potential threat.

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