Gervase Bushe

Vancouver, CAN

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Gervase Bushe provides the following expertise to leaders and companies:

Working with leaders and change agents to design long term, organizational transformation processes that demonstrably change organizatonal cultures and engage large numbers of stakeholders in developing new ideas to solve complex, wicked problems ( Watch this video

Teaching managers and professionals the skills and perspectives required to work and manage collaboratively through his internationally successful Clear Leaderhsip Course ( Watch this video

Providing  highly engaging, high impact presentations on both of the leadership of organizational transformation, and the design and leadership of collaborative organizations (

Gervase is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, and was recently named one of the world's 30 most influential people strategy thinkers by Britain's HR Magazine (

Gervase’s career spans over three 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 80 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. He 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, helped a Southern California healthcare company’s employee engagement scores go from the 61st to 91st percentile in three years.  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 appreciative inquiry leads to transformational change and is gathering international acclaim.

Gervase has a B.A. from Concordia University, a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Organizational Behavior.  He is also a graduate of the five year trainer development program from the Sir George Williams Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies in Montreal and a certified T-group facilitator.  He is on the editorial boards of both scholarly and practical journals. He has given talks and courses on leadership and organizational change methods in Canada, the US, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.  He is an associate with consulting firms in Asia (The Gritti Group) Europe (Provins Fem AB, Advance Groep BV) Mexico (VeMejor S.C.) and the US (The Big Rapids Group) and a member of the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science.

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.

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