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Robert Putnam

Robert W. Putnam is a partner and cofounder of Action Design. He works with senior executives to develop effective leadership groups, facilitates conversations across organizational boundaries, and consults on organizational change. He also conducts executive education and professional development workshops for leaders and agents of organizational learning and change. He has worked with leading companies in a broad range of industries, including pharmaceuticals, financial services, information technology, medical devices, and consulting.

Bob is a co-developer of action science, an approach to inquiry that emphasizes knowledge for action.  He is co-author of the book Action Science with Chris Argyris and Diana McLain Smith.  He has written several articles on reflective conversation, action science, and organizational learning.

Bob earned his doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University.  He holds a degree in Political Science from Syracuse University and was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Political Science.  Before beginning his doctoral studies he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Costa Rica and worked at a human services organization in Boston. Bob lives in Newton, MA with his wife and son. He can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).