As consultants and action researchers, we contribute to organizational development in private and public organizations based on dialogue with the relevant parties. We do courses, processes and lectures in Danish and English on leadership, dialogues, coaching, conflict facilitation, difficult conversations, etc.
Marianne Kristiansen, Ph.D., is educated as cand. mag. in English and Danish, as a psychoanalyst, and as a body therapist. She is associate professor at the University in Aalborg, Denmark. She is the founder of the Growth House, Centre of Interpersonal Organizational communication at the University in Aalborg. Besides being a consultant she teaches at the Master of Conflict Resolution, Department of Law, University of Copenhagen. She is member of the board of EMCC (European Mentoring- and Coaching Council), co-editor of the international journals, Action Research, Sage, London, and International Journal of Action Research, Germany.
Jørgen Bloch-Poulsen, Ph.D., is educated as M.A. Research (mag. art.) in the history of ideas, and as a psychoanalyst. Besides being a consultant he is senior external lecturer at the Master of Conflict Resolution, Department of Law, University of Copenhagen; senior external lecturer at the Master of Professional Communication, Roskilde University, and ass. professor in employee competence development and organizational change processes at Aalborg University, CPH, Department of Learning and Philosophy.
Among our costumers we would like to mention Bang & Olufsen, CSC, Danfoss, Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR); Danish State Railways (DSB), Ecco, Grundfos, ISS, Lego, Rockwool, SAS, TDC, and Vestas.
Courses and processes
The titles of some of the courses we did in English are
Leadership programme: Inspiring and motivating
The manager as communicator
The working group as a team
Books and articles in English and Spanish
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2017). Participation and social engineering in early organizational action research: Lewin and the Harwood studies. International Journal of Action Research Press. International Journal of Action Research, 13(2), 154- 177.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2017). Organizational Action Research. In C.R. Scott & L. K. Lewis (Eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Organizational Communication. London, UK: John Wiley & Sons.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2016). Participatory hierarchies – a challenge in organizational action research. International Journal of Action Research Press, 12(2), 144-171.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J (2014). Power and contexts – some societal conditions for participatory projects – Clashes between economic-management and pedagogic-social Discourses. International Journal of Action Research, 10(3) 339-375.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2014). Report from the Conference on Participation and Power, Aalborg University/Copenhagen, Denmark, 05‒07.06.2013. International Journal of Action Research)
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (Eds.) (2014). Participation and power in participatory research and action research. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2014). Editorial: An invitation to participate in ongoing dialogues on action research and participatory research. In: M. Kristiansen & J. Bloch-Poulsen (Eds.) Participation and power in participatory research and action research. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2014). Questions of power in participatory projects – Participation in organizations and in research. In: M. Kristiansen & J. Bloch-Poulsen (Eds.) Participation and power in participatory research and action research. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press.
Dalgaard, L.G., Johannsen, L.V., Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2014). Differences as a potential vehicle of organizational development? – co-researching-on-action. In: M. Kristiansen & J. Bloch-Poulsen (Eds.) Participation and power in participatory research and action research. Aalborg: Aalborg University Press. Aalborg.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen. J. (2014). Participacao como desdobramento de poder na pesquisa-acao dialogica en organizacoes: reflexes sobre interesses de conhecimento conflitantes e practicalibidade. In: D. Streck, E. A. Sobottka & E. Eggert (Eds.). Conhecer e transformar: pesquisa-acao e pesquisa participante em dialogo international. Curitiba: Editora CRV (http://www.editoracrv.com.br/?f=produto_detalhes&pid=4063)
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2013a). Participacao na pesquisa-acao: Entre a metodologia e a visao de mundo, participacao e codeterminacao, Trabalho & Educacao, vol. 22(1), 37-53 (kan downloades direkte på www.fae.ufmg.br/trabalhoeeducacao .
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J (2013b). Participation and Power – Editorial. International Journal of Action Research, 9(1), 6-13.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2012). Participatory knowledge production and power – co-determination through dissensus in dialogic organizational action research. In L. Phillips, M. Kristiansen, M. Vehviläinen & E. Gunnarsson, E. (Eds.) Knowledge and Power in Collaborative Research: A Reflexive Approach (Routledge Series in Advances in Research Methods) London: Routledge.
Kristiansen, M. & Bloch-Poulsen, J. (2011). Participation as enactment of power in dialogic organizational action research – Reflections on conflicting knowledge interests and actionability. International Journal of Action Research, 7(3) 347-380.
Dialogic Dissensus Approach – a model for research based facilitation of innovation? (paper accepted for presentation at the European Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Aberdeen, 2011)
Employee Driven Innovation in Teams – innovative potential, dialogue, and dissensus. International Journal of Action Research, 2010, 6, 2-3, 155-195.
Working with “not knowing” amid power dynamics among managers: From faultfinding and exclusion towards co-learning and inclusion (2008). In H. Bradbury & P. Reason (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Action Research: Participative inquiry and practice. London, Sage.
Involvement as a Dilemma. Between Dialogue and Discussion in Team Based Organizations. International Journal of Action Research, 2006, vol. 2 (2), 163-197
Midwifery and dialogue in organizations. Emergent, mutual involvement in action research.München. Rainer Hampp Verlag.2005.
Self-referentiality as a power mechanism. Towards dialogic action research. Action research, vol.2 (4), 2004: 371-388.
The Challenge of the Unspoken in Organizations. Southern Communication Journal, feb-marts, 2000.
Productive Dialogues – golddigging midwives. Cybernetics and Human Knowing. Nov.1998
Innovation on an equal footing
As action researchers, we participate in a project on “Innovation on an equal footing” in cooperation with a kindergarten, a elder care center and The School for Social Assistents in Silkeborg, DK, financed by Region Midt. As action researchers, we participated in two major projects in 2008-2009:
Innovation and involvement through dialogue in modern team based organizations
The project is sponsored by RTI, i.e., The Danish Council of Technology and Innovation, The Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation, and by Ernst B. Sunds fund. It is located at the Institute of Communication, University of Aalborg, DK.
The purpose is to strengthen employee-driven innovation and organizational growth by using team based dialogues. We co-operate with private organizations: CSC (Computer Science Corporation A/S) and DSI (Danfoss Solar Inverters, A/S), with a public organization: The Citizen Service Centre, Silkeborg municipality, as well as with knowledge institutions: The Business Academy of Northern Jutland, and The Centre for Competence Development, Silkeborg.
Innovation and creativity by improved learning culture
The project is sponsored by SCKK, i.e., The Danish Council of Competence and Quality Development.
The purpose is to increase innovation, creativity, and efficiency by collegiate coaching in the team based organization of The Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine at Aalborg University, and AAU Innovation.
Nordic Network for the study of the dialogic communication of research
Besides, we participate in the Nordic network, sponsered by NordForsk.
The purpose is to unfold the dialogic turn in the relation between research institutions and society dealing with the production of socially relevant knowledge and social innovation.
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Branch office: Liver å Vej 4, Tornby, DK-9850 Hirtshals
Tel.: +45 4017 7352
E-mail: dialog @ dialog-mj.dk
CVR: DK – 15271590