Chapter 13: Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry: a new paradigm for leadership and organizational change research
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Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry (CDAI) bridges first-, second-, and third-person research to integrate scientific inquiry and timely action. It describes four territories of awareness that are crucial for effective action and provides a developmental stage theory of how individuals, organizations, and scientific paradigms gradually come to embrace full fourfold awareness. These progressive action-logics each herald distinct capabilities and qualitative shifts in understanding. In practice, the developmental action-logic of both a leader and an organization will shape the success (or failure) of organizational change efforts. Transitions between action-logics are significant opportunities for change, as well as points of increased fragility. CDAI presents important implications for transformational efforts in organizations, social science, and the world at large. This chapter presents an overarching view of the philosophy, developmental stages, methods and practices, and empirical findings of CDAI from the past 50 years through descriptions, frameworks, and case studies of CDAI in action.

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