Participation and Empowerment: An International Journal

ISSN: 1463-4449

Article publication date: 1 May 1999


Wing, L.S. (1999), "Editorial", Participation and Empowerment: An International Journal, Vol. 7 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/pe.1999.11807caa.001



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Participation & Empowerment: An International Journal is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr Michael Welp as co-editor. Dr Welp is a graduate of the Fielding Institute of Santa Barbara, California and holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems. He also holds a Masters degree in Organization Development from American University/NTL Institute in Washington DC.

Dr Welp will join me as co-editor, continuing to build an interesting and relevant body of literature which will add to the field of participation and empowerment. I have already found his presence in building the journal's identity to be invaluable. Please wish him a hearty welcome.

You can reach Dr Welp at michael@equalvoice.com, or visit his Website at www.equalvoice.com. As the name of his organization suggests, Michael is very interested in helping organizations achieve egalitarian ways of leading and managing the organization. His focus includes deepening the authenticity of leaders, and helping organizations build environments of collaboration and respect. He specializes in transforming conflict into increased effectiveness. As an expert on diversity and cross-cultural issues, he has facilitated interracial teambuilding for South African corporations. His research into how white men in America learn about diversity led him recently to initiate a national coaching and training program to help white men become stronger allies and full partners in diversity efforts. In addition to consulting, Dr Welp serves as an adjunct faculty at the University of St Thomas Graduate School of Business and is on the board of the Minnesota Organization Development Network. He is a welcome and important addition to the support team for the journal.

Participation & Empowerment also welcomes Dr Duru Ahanotu of Berkeley, California to its editorial advisory board. The editorial advisory board is the lifeblood of the journal. It is the role of the editorial advisory board to review articles to assure consistency and viability of research and writing, but also to represent the journal in soliciting the work of authors to assure a flow of rich and interesting reading material for the journal's readership. Dr Ahanotu is a recent graduate of Stanford University. He has been employed as a business solutions project manager and consultant, providing customer support in client-server and computer-aided support software for field service engineers. We welcome Dr Ahanotu to our board of advisors.

Participation & Empowerment is intent on gathering in the thoughtful writings of authors around the globe, and the contributions in this issue will be a good example of the type of scholarly and practice oriented writing we are interested in publishing.

One of the dilemmas we face at this point in the twentieth-century is the development of a global society. Participation & Empowerment is a journal which deals with the very fabric of the global society. Because the journal's strategic intent is to publish writings around how organizations across the globe are utilizing the concept of participation and empowerment in the achievement of organizational goals, we have noticed an undeniable difference in both organizational cultures and societal cultures across the globe.

These differences make for interesting reading, but can confuse readers who are not prepared for the undeniable differences among us as we move from organization to organization and country to country. The very cultural lens of the organization and the society within which the organization exists will tend to result in differences in how we construct our organizations and utilize the people in them. In fact, it is one of the rich offerings of this journal that such differences will be brought to bear in the writings of how organizations utilize and promote creativity and empowerment in their work practices, structures and leadership.

We welcome your impressions and reactions to the articles in the journal. Please feel free to e-mail us with reactions and responses to the ideas presented in the journal. We would be pleased to hear from you.

Michael G. Welpmichael@equalvoice.com

Linda S. Winglwing@usinternet.com