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Chapter 8 Developing Space for Diversity: An Appreciative Stance

Relational Practices, Participative Organizing

ISBN: 978-0-85724-006-4, eISBN: 978-0-85724-007-1

ISSN: 1877-6361

Publication date: 17 November 2010


Relational space refers to the state and configuration of interpersonal connections within a social system and to the conditions that facilitate these connections. Where connections are strong or of high quality (Dutton & Heaphy, 2003), the relational space is vibrant and full of life. When the number of connections is numerous, and where their configuration is extensive and expansive, the relational space is robust and resilient (Baker, Cross, & Wooten, 2003). Generative capacity is increased by the extent to which people connect to think expansively through dialogue in vibrant, healthful relational spaces.


Fry, R.E. and Hovelynck, J. (2010), "Chapter 8 Developing Space for Diversity: An Appreciative Stance", Steyaert, C. and Van Looy, B. (Ed.) Relational Practices, Participative Organizing (Advanced Series in Management, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 139-154.



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