FROM ENGINEER TO CO-CREATIVE CATALYST;
AN INCLUSIONAL AND TRANSFORMATIONAL JOURNEY. An inquiry into the epistemology of how traditional management 'tools and theory' can be used and evolved in enhancing organizational effectiveness in an industrial setting, and how to value and evaluate change.
Abstract of PhD Submission
Graham John van Tuyl
This thesis is motivated by my desire to understand what it is a Change Agent actually does.
Change Agents work in a variety of ways, and have a variety of organizational experiences
in helping to create change. Over the years I have become more aware that there is no
single body of theory that combines and explains the practical and theoretical approaches
that can be taken in Change Management.
In this thesis I will show how I use my current and past practice to improve my
understanding of my ontology as a Change Agent and develop an inclusional epistemology,
based on my evolving practice. This ontology transforms the way Change Management within
an industrial setting can be approached, by creating fluidity across boundaries and a
receptive co-creative space. In this way I create my own Living Theory.
This thesis demonstrates through the narrative of my personal journey how being an
Engineer and a Co-Creative Catalyst in generating organizational change can be an inclusional
and transformational journey. Co-Creative Catalyst(s) use their own professional and personal
values to help generate a creative space at the 'Edge of Fluidity', a space of embodied and
emergent viewpoints on what change should be. This thesis will demonstrate how an inclusional
practice can be used to help create change, whilst also demonstrating that current economic
practice needs to be understood as a fundamentally important barrier to fluidity of ideas across
boundaries. This thesis demonstrates how inclusional change can incorporate social, technical as
well as economic models to be truly sustainable.
A further element that this thesis shows is that the language used needs to change
in order to generate an inclusional and transformational journey. The language used in this
narrative changes with the development of my epistemology.
You can download the PhD in chapters in pdf format
Frontpiece, Abstract, Acknowledgements, Contents page
From Engineer to Co-Creative Catalyst page
Research Methodology and Standards of Judgement page 39
Change Management - A Personal Perspective page 77
Distance Travelled page 209
Epilogue page 287
Bibliography page 313
Appendices page 333
Attachments page 565/The three CDs are in the copy in the Library
of the University of Bath