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Tojo Thatchenkery: Concept Champion, Engaged Educator, and Passionate Practitioner

  • Param Srikantia
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Abstract

The chapter reviews the scholarly and practical contributions of Tojo Thatchenkery as a concept champion, engaged educator, and passionate practitioner to the discipline of organizational change management. After briefly reviewing some of the dominant influences that have shaped Thatchenkery’s work, the chapter focuses on his contribution (a) as a scholar-practitioner elucidating the construct of Appreciative Intelligence®, (b) as a thought leader and a champion of the social constructionist and hermeneutic perspective on organizations, (c) as a scholar-practitioner generating original, bold, and creative extensions of the appreciative inquiry approach to knowledge management, sustainable value, and economic development, (d) as a champion of multiculturalism and diversity, (e) as an exceptionally creative pedagogic innovator who has fused action learning, sensitivity training, and experiential learning into a graduate program that equips a new generation of organizational development professionals, and finally (f) as an effective and creative consultant with an extensive array of high-powered clients who have benefitted from innovative organizational interventions interweaving elements such as Appreciative Intelligence®, social constructionism, sustainable value, and invisible leadership. The chapter concludes with an exploration of Thatchenkery’s key insights and legacy to the field of organizational change.

Keywords

Organizational development Change management Appreciative inquiry Appreciative intelligence Social constructionism Learning organizations Invisible leadership Hermeneutics Management consulting Entrepreneurship Sustainable value Knowledge management Multiculturalism and diversity 

References

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Further Reading

  1. Thatchenkery, T. (2007). Postmodernity. In S. Clegg & J. Bailey (Eds.), International encyclopedia of organizational studies (pp. 1283–1285). Thousand Oaks: Sage.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of BusinessBaldwin Wallace UniversityBereaUSA

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