Collaboration Readings for Reflective Practitioners
Dave Iverson
with a little help from my friends
(Updated December 2006)


Ronald D. Brunner, Toddi A. Steelman, Lindy Coe-Juell, Christina M. Crowley, Christine M. Edwards, Donna W. Tucker. 2005. Adaptive Governance: Integrating Science, Policy, and Decision Making.

Ronald D. Brunner, Christine H. Colburn, Christina M. Cromley, Roberta A. Klein, and Elizabeth A. Olsen. 2002. Finding Common Ground: Governance and Natural Resources in the American West.

Steven E. Daniels and Gregg B. Walker. 2001.Working Through Environmental Conflict: The Collaborative Learning Approach.

Philip Brick, Donald Snow, and Sarah Van de Wetering eds. 2000. Across the Great Divide: Explorations in Collaborative Conservation and the America West.

Julia M. Wondolleck and Steven L. Yaffee. 2000. Making Collaboration Work: Lessons from Innovation in Natural Resource Management.

Paula Underwood. 1991. Who Speaks for Wolf: A Native American Learning Story. {Recommended by Jim Saveland}


Deborah Stone. 2002. Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making.

John S. Hammond, Ralph L. Keeney, Howard Raiffa. 1999. Smart Choices: A Practical Guide to Making Better Decisions.{Recommended by Dave Thomas}

James G. March. 1994. A Primer on Decision Making: How Decisions Happen.

Gerald Nadler and Shozo Hibino. 1990. Breakthrough Thinking: Why We Must Change the Way We Solve Problems, and The Seven Principles to Achieve This.

J. Edward Russo and Paul J.H. Schoemaker. 1989. Decision Traps: The Ten Barriers to Brilliant Decision-Making and How to Overcome Them. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

Kahneman, Daniel, Paul Slovic and Amos Tversky. 1982. Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases. {Recommended by Jim Saveland}

Dialogue and Learning

Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey. 2001. How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work: Seven Languages for Transformation.

James G. March. 1994. A Primer on Decision Making: How Decisions Happen.

Willaim Isaacs. 1999. Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together. {Recommended by Jim Saveland}

Linda Ellinor and Glenna Gerard. 1998. Dialogue: Rediscovering the Power of Conversation. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

David Bohm. 1996. On Dialogue.

Nancy Dixon. 1996. Perspectives on Dialogue: Making Talk Developmental for Individuals and Organizations. {Recommended by Jim Saveland}

Albert O. Hirschman. 1970. Exit, Voice, and Loyalty. {Recommended by Jim Kennedy}


Hanna J. Cortner and Margaret A. Moote. 1999. The Politics of Ecosystem Management.

Robert Jervis. 1997. System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life.

Peter deLeon. 1997. Democracy and the Policy Sciences. {Recommended by Peter Williams}

Daniel Sarewitz. 1996. Frontiers of Illusion: Science, Technology, and the Politics of Progress.

James G. March and Johan P. Olsen. 1995. Democratic Governance.

Daniel Yankelovich. 1991. Coming to Public Judgment: Making Democracy Work in a Complex World.

Daniel Kemmis. 1990. Community and the Politics of Place.

Sheila Jasanoff. 1990. The Fifth Branch: Science Advisors and Policymakers.

Robert B. Reich, ed. 1988. The Power of Public Ideas.

Frank Fisher and John Forester, eds. 1987. Confronting Values in Policy Analysis: The Politics of Criteria.

Saul D. Alinsky. 1971. Rules for Radicals.

Niccolo Machiavelli. 1961 (1640, first English translation). The Prince.


Joseph Jaworski. 1996. Synchronicity: The Inner Path of Leadership.

Ronald A. Heifetz. 1995. Leadership Without Easy Answers.

John P. Kotter. 1996. Leading Change. {Recommended by Zane/Elaine Cornett}

James O'Toole. 1996. Leading Change: Overcoming the Ideology of Comfort and the Tyranny of Custom. {Recommended by Dale Blahna}

Robert K. Greenleaf. 1991. The Servant as Leader.

Organizational Development and Learning

Karl E. Weick. 2001. Making Sense of the Organization.

Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe. 2001. Managing the Unexpected: Assuring High Performance in an Age of Complexity.

Chris Argyris. 2000. Flawed Advice and The Management Trap: How Managers Can Know When They're Getting Good Advice and When They're Not.

Chris Argyris. 1990. Overcoming Organizational Defenses: Facilitating Organizational Learning.

David A. Garvin. 2000. Learning in Action: A Guide to Putting the Learning Organization to Work. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

Peter Senge, Art Kleiner, Charlotte Roberts, Richard Ross, George Roth, Bryan Smith. 1999. The Dance of Change: The Challenges to Sustaining Momentum in Learning Organizations. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

Peter M. Senge, Charlotte Roberts, Richard B. Ross, Bryan J. Smith, Art Kleiner. 1994. The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

Peter M. Senge. 1990. The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization.

Harrison Owen. 1997. Expanding our Now: The Story of Open Space Technology. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

Margaret J. Wheatley and Myron Kellner-Rogers. 1996. A Simpler Way.

Marvin R. Weisbord and Sandra Janoff. 1995. Future Search: An Action Guide to Finding Common Ground in Organizations and Communities.

Marvin R. Weisbord. 1992. Discovering Common Ground.

Roger M. Schwarz. 1994. The Skilled Facilitator: Practical Wisdom for Developing Effective Groups. {Recommended by Dave Thomas}

Gifford and Elizabeth Pinchot. 1993. The End of Bureaucracy and The Rise of the Intelligent Organization.

Peter Block. 1993. Stewardship: Choosing Service over Self-Interest.

Donald A. Schön. 1987. Educating the Reflective Practitioner.

Donald A. Schön. 1983. The Reflective Practitioner: How Professionals Think in Action.