This book has undergone many changes based on comments from colleagues and my practice in the field. My thinking will continue to evolve over the next number of years from the continuing act of carrying out research in field settings and from the comments of those I have worked with.
In any such endeavor, there is the tendency for one to think that his creation is of tremendous importance. There are several people whose ideas are indirectly or directly a main thrust of this work. The spirit of this book owes much to continuing association with Alex MacEachem. It grew from the practices and ideas of professors and colleagues I was associated with over twenty years ago at the University of Southern California including Wesley Bjur, Ross Clayton, Neely Gardner, Shan Martin, Alberto-Guerrio Ramos, and Gilbert Siegel. Credit is obviously due to many of the people I associated with when I was at the Tavistock Institute in 1981 and 1982. More recently, there are other people who contributed significantly in my development. I have had long discussions with Eric Trist about the action research practices that represent the Tavistock tradition. I have also had several opportunities to piece together an appreciation of the Lewinian action research practices through a close working relationship with Jim MacGregor, one of Alex Bavelas' students. John Farquharson and Joe Lischeron continue to be the source of ideas and inspiration. Most of all, I would like to thank my wife Donna for helping me prepare this draft for publication.