How does evaluative inquiry contribute to organizational learning? How can we practice evaluative inquiry in ways that maximize individual and team learning? This book provides a data-based approach to organizational learning and change and focuses on the use of evaluative inquiry processes with organizations rather than across large-scale, multi-site programs. It contains four illustrative case studies, interview extracts, strategy plans and flow charts, diagrams and advice boxes that consultants can use for implementing their own training and development sessions.

Evaluative Inquiry and Organizational Change

Evaluative inquiry and organizational change

We envision evaluative inquiry as an ongoing process for investigating and understanding critical organizational issues. It is an approach to learning that is fully integrated with an organization's work practices, and as such, it engenders (a) organization members' interest and ability in exploring critical issues using evaluation logic, (b) organization members' involvement in evaluative processes, and (c) the personal and professional growth of individuals within the organization.

Evaluative inquiry represents an emphasis on understanding each other in order to understand larger organizational challenges. Consequently, inquiry becomes a social and communal activity in which critical organizational issues are constructed by a varied and broadly based community of inquirers. These issues are subjected to continuous reconsideration and reexamination ...

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