James Traeger

BA Hons PG Dip PhD

James is an organisational and personal development specialist with extensive practical delivery and teaching experience. From 1996-2006 he specialised in organisational and leadership development, with clients including the Metropolitan Police Service, Newham NHS Trust, Surrey County Council, Thus Plc and the University of Cambridge. He created the Navigator Men’s Development Programme and won acclaim for his work on the Metropolitan Police’s ‘gender agenda’.

It was a yearning to get under the skin of this gender work that brought him to Action Research and Inquiry. In 2004, he started the journey towards an inquiry-based PhD. His thesis, entitled ‘On Mentshlichkeit: An Inquiry into the Practice of Being a Good Man’, was the culmination of six years of action research into the discomforts and dilemmas faced by a man attempting to ‘be the change’ of a masculinity that actively attempts to disrupt the sexist power structures of organisations, rather than just ‘talking about it’. In this work, he was inspired into futuristic narrative and dialogue, by the loving voices of challenge and support he heard in the course of his diverse roles in work and learning communities.

James Traeger

Publications

The difference that makes a difference - strategy in complex environments

Traeger, J. (2015) 'The difference that makes a difference - strategy in complex environments'. Presentation to CIPD Glasgow, 6 March/

Embodied Generosity - The ethics of practice doctorates in the places where people work and live

Traeger, J. (2015) 'Embodied Generosity - The ethics of practice doctorates in the places where people work and live' Presentation to The 2nd International Conference on Development in Doctoral Education & Training Examination Schools, University of Oxford, 30 March.

Underpinning OD Practice with Data: Using Data Wisely

Traeger, J. (2014) 'Underpinning OD Practifce with Data: using data wisely' Chapter 6 in Griffin, E., Alsop, M., Saville, M., and Smith, G. (eds) A Field Guide for Organisation Development - Taking Theory into Practice; Gower Publishing.

Researchers stirred into an embodied awakening

Traeger, J. (2014) 'Researchers stirred into an embodied awakening' Self & Society; 42, 3-4 Winter 2014. pp50-51

Cooperative Inquiry - an introduction in developing the OD workforce

Traeger, J. (2014) 'Cooperative Inquiry - an introduction in developing the OD workforce'. Presentation to the OD in the NHS II Conference, 7 July

The difference that makes a difference - effective leadership for working in complex environments

Trager, J. (2014) 'The difference that makes a difference - effective leadership for working in complex environments'. Presentation to the Strategic HR Networking, Dexter House. 8 July

Strategic OD Network refreshed

Traeger. J. (2014) 'Strategic OD Network refreshed'. Presentation to Health Education Yorks, Leeds. October