Özdemir, H. & Sher, M. (2014). ‘Group Relations Work in China – Challenges, Risks & Impact for Organisational Development’, Challenging Organisations & Society. Vol. 3. No. 1. pp. 512-517.
A far-reaching eight-year project, introducing organisational development in a Sino-German joint venture in Wuxi, China, is the case study of this article. The main topic is the issue of public reflection as the basis for learning and change at all levels of the organisation. By using a unique programme of enquiry, the authors describe tradition and group relations tradition – in their consulting approach. The change process of the organisation as well as the consulting task itself have been simultaneously explored by the authors. The research design follows the principle of Participatory Action Research (Chevaliers & Buckles, 2013). The Group Relations Work (GRW) in China demonstrates that it is possible to create a hybrid model combining critical organisational reflection and individually focused learning actives.