This resource supports the BMI Certificate in Dialogic OD and is created in partnership with Lacerta Consulting, a leading dialogic transformation consultancy, and academic partner
Welcome to the Bushe-Marshak Institute Dialogic OD academy
Dialogic OD is the next step in the evolution of organisational change theory, from thinking of organisations as organisms that adapt to their environments, to organisations as networks of meaning-making, always in a process of becoming.
The mission of BMI is to further research, theory and the practice of Dialogic OD.
Generating confident and professional Dialogic OD practitioners
Deeply rigorous – apply the best of BMI thinking, with top consulting experience to upgrade your credibility and confidence
Deploy leading-edge external perspectives and practices in OD and complex change
Learn from our careful curation and creation of videos, reading materials, downloadable tools, templates, notes
Join a growing number of OD practitioners seeking to establish professional standards and a global benchmark in Dialogic OD
In partnership with the Cape Cod Institute and Lacerta Academy, the Bushe-Marshak Institute offers in-person courses during the summer and online the rest of the year.
Most of these courses are a total of 15 hours, spaced out over a month, and cost $750US.
They are offered at different times to accommodate different time zones around the world.
If there are courses you want to attend that are not currently offered in your time zone, please let us know at via the contact box here, or alternatively by visiting the main Diploma webpage.
In order to attain the Bushe Marshak Institute certification of completion of a program of study in Dialogic Organization Development, applicants must successfully complete any five of the Cape Cod affiliated courses.
In addition to five Cape Cod courses, for accreditation you must also complete the first three of the five online, asynchronous courses you can find here on the Lacerta Academy.
These asynchronous courses can be completed at any time, and cover basic theoretical background on topics like the social construction of reality, complexity and emergence, and organisation development.
You can deepen your learning by progressing from the first three compulsory online courses, onto the further two packages. If you wish to complete all five of the asynchronous courses listed here, you can do so at a discounted rate by purchasing them together at the outset via the 'bundled' option at checkout.
To find out more about the accreditation programme, and to explore the style of these online resources, register (if you aren't already) and undertake this taster course for free, using the access button below.
BMI Certification Programme Courses
Tasters and resources available to fellow ODN members
Other Lacerta Dialogic OD courses which might interest you
Frequently asked questions
How long can I access a programme or course?
Your programme, course or module will be accessible to you for 1 year from the time you start it.
However in each lesson there are also PDFs, tools, products and exercises, that we think you will want to keep - you can download them, or print them.
What if I fall behind and out of step with the programme timing?
All significant learning commitments require some dedication. This means making conscious choices, and carving out the time to acquire, experiment with, and reflect on what you are exploring. Sometimes, this is going to clash with other priorities and occasionally it might feel a little overwhelming - even for the most dedicated learner. If you know that a busy period is coming up, plan for catch-up time in the weeks that follow.
Some of our longer programmes involve following a specific timetable with a group - with new modules 'starting' at a given time. This may tie in with Peer Support Group meetings, and/or with workshops or webinars. If this is the case for your programme, an important aspect is that you are not alone - but in a community of learners. The timings of 'live' experiences or group meetings are rarely changed once the programme starts, as this would impact negatively on your colleagues and co-learners. Keeping up with others, so that you share your learning and benefit from their experience, is important.
Get into the learning habit, and if you have concerns about whether you will be able to do this, and if you fall behind at any time, just reach out to us and we will try to help.
Can I bundle one course or programme with another and save money?
Some of our courses are already bundled, in particular the shorter courses shown in our 'bitesize' section. If the course you are interested in IS available in a value-for-money bundle, proceed with your purchase, and before closing the 'sale', you will be notified of this choices at 'checkout'.
If the other courses you are interested in are not bundled right now, just contact us, as we can put a custom bundle together for you.
Can I commission custom courses for my organisation?
Many of our programmes and short (bite-size) courses have been originally developed especially for a client - and, where appropriate, then adapted for a broader audience and turned into an 'open' programme. It is our clients around the world that 'pull' new content and commission what we go on to build, to meet their needs at any given time.
If you would like to either curate a custom programme from our existing stock, or you have an area of new content that you would like us to look at, just contact us and we can help.
What if I'm not satisfied with my purchase?
Our courses and materials are getting great feedback from users - but of course it might not suit exactly what you are looking for.
We are always happy to refund you if you start a course and find it isn't what you wanted. Please contact us straight after completing the first lesson in the course if you would like us to refund your payment or switch you to a more suitable product.
Please note that we are unable to refund a course that has been more than 50% completed.