Dialogue has a long lineage but a relatively recent research tradition. The goal of this volume is to elevate dialogue onto the research agenda by addressing such questions as: how can we make dialogue actionable and effective in organizational practice? How can dialogue inform decision making in a particular problem domain or community of interest when multiple people, groups, and organizations are involved? How can dialogue be utilized to build more vibrant, democratic communities? To what extent can the Internet and new information technology support the dialogical process? How can we describe the relational field that dialogue creates and build a theory of social communication and information processing that explains the organization and dynamics of dialogue, and its implications for psychosocial function? The volume addresses these questions in four sections: the foundations, perspectives, practice and theory of dialogue.By design, the contributors draw from wide-ranging philosophical and disciplinary traditions: anthropology, communication, information, management, neuro-psychology, organization theory, philosophy, psychology, political science, public policy, quantum physics, and sociology. As dialogue attempts to break down the barriers among people, the authors defend a more robust understanding of dialogue that requires scholars and practitioners to move beyond the confines of one academic tradition and to study it in a more comprehensive and integrated way. The disciplinary reach of this title should attract scholars and practitioners interested in the general area of dialogue and communication, as well as related topics such as collaboration, public engagement, citizen participation, deliberative democracy, stakeholder relations, networks, interorganizational relationships, and community building.
Introduction - calls for dialogue. N.C. Roberts. Part I Foundations: dialogue and human cultural evolution, B.H. Banathy; roots of dialogue, S.H. Linder. Part II Perspectives: realizing transformative dialogue, K.J. Gergen et al; the dialogic organization, M.J. Hatch, S. Ehrlich. Part III Practice: community dialogue, A. Helling, J.C. Thomas; virtual dialogue and democratic community, K.G. Evans; technologue - technology supported disciplined dialogue, A.N. Christakis, K.C. Bausch. Part IV Theory: creating a shared field of meaning: an action theory of dialogue, W.N. Isaacs; dialogue, information and psychosocial organization, R.T. Bradley.