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Democratization of organizational change process through deliberation

Mikko Värttö (Faculty of Management and Business, Tampere University, Tampere, Finland)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 2 October 2019

Issue publication date: 11 October 2019




The purpose of this paper is to examine deliberation in the context of organizational change and introduce an organizational jury as a change facilitator.


The research is based on an empirical study of four organizational juries that were organized by a non-profit organization in Finland. The main data of the study consist of a survey that the juries’ participants filled in. The data are triangulated with observations of jury meetings and relevant documents including pre-jury information package, jury presentations and juries’ proposals. In the analysis, the paper adopts deliberative democracy criteria to assess the inclusiveness, authenticity and consequentiality of the deliberative process.


The research findings suggest that the juries increased the inclusiveness of decision making and the quality of deliberation about the changes among the employees. The results indicate that juries facilitated the change process by providing a means for information sharing and building a shared understanding among the stakeholders. The main weakness of the juries was their low consequentiality.


Deliberative jury method provides a participative way to build and preserve socially shared meanings in an organizational change context. However, the studies on the use of deliberative forums in the organizational context are still scarce. Thus, the study provides an important addition to the existing research literature.



Värttö, M. (2019), "Democratization of organizational change process through deliberation", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 40 No. 7, pp. 791-802.



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