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Through the eyes of others: Using developmental peer review to promote reflection and change in organizations

Nicolini, D; Hartley, Jean; Stansfield, A and Hurcombe, J (2011). Through the eyes of others: Using developmental peer review to promote reflection and change in organizations. Journal of Organizational Change Management, 24(2) pp. 211–228.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1108/09534811111119771
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to critically examine the principles, mechanisms, and critical success factors of developmental peer review as a way to promote reflection and change in organizations.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper calls developmental peer review the structured, managed, and collaborative process whereby reputable others are invited into an organisation to provide feedback and offer guidance on organisational change and improvement. In the paper, the authors use the example of developmental peer review in UK local government both to foreground some of the distinctive aspects of the methodology and to identify some of its critical conditions of use.

Findings – The paper argues that this type of initiative often co-exists with a more judgemental inspection-oriented double. The institutional framework that surrounds developmental peer review makes it therefore both a powerful and delicate tool. There is a need in this initiative to maintain a dynamic balance to avoid either coercion or collusion in review.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2011 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 0953-4814
Keywords: peer review; reflection; organizational change; organizational development; feedback; United Kingdom
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for Public Leadership and Social Enterprise
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 36809
Depositing User: Beryl Ridgway
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2013 14:53
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2018 03:46
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/36809
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