Exploring Individual and Organizational Boundaries
A Tavistock Open Systems Approach
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Exploring Individual and Organizational Boundaries by W.Gordon Lawrence
Book DescriptionOne way of conceptualizing the relationship of individuals, through their roles, to their various groupings (such as families, communities, and business and industrial enterprises) is to consider their political relatedness. This includes an exploration of organizational structures, management, and issues of responsibility, leadership, and authority. Beyond this, the Tavistock open systems approach has always held that unconscious social processes are of central importance in such explorations. The methodology of the approach, therefore, is one that encourages people to consider the unconscious in relation to the political dimensions of institutions, This involves people in examine a range of boundaries, such as those between the inner and outer worlds of the individual, between person and role, and between enterprise and environment. Also involved are less obvious boundaries - or limits, or distinctions - such as those between certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos, innovation and destructiveness, reality and fantasy, and relationship and relatedness.This volume, with a new foreword by Mannie Sher, describes the educational approach of the Tavistock open systems mode of group relations training for exploring and interpreting such boundary issues and problems. Examples of its application include family systems, rural developments, and organizational development. This volume should be of value to students and teachers of organizational analysis, training, and development, as well as to students and teachers of organizational psychology and sociology.This volume is one of a series being reissued by Karnac Books representing the theory and practice of organizational development used over many years at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781855752320
(230mm x 147mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Karnac Books
Publisher: Karnac Books
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1979
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W.Gordon Lawrence
Creativity of Social Dreaming, Paperback (April 2010)
The Social Dreaming Matrix is a collaborative effort of participants to understand their dreams, and has surprising insights. This book conceptualises the Social Dreaming Matrix as a temporary system with its intakes, transformation processes and outputs. It details the creative processes that have emerged from Social Dreaming.
Infinite Possibilities of Social Dreaming, Paperback (May 2007)
Social Dreaming was discovered in the early 1980s at the Tavistock Institute in London. Its focus is on the dream and not the dreamer. This book includes chapters on Social Dreaming, which indicate the endless possibilities of free association and amplification in social dreaming.
Introduction to Social Dreaming, Paperback (January 2004)
Social dreaming gives and opportunity to share a dream with others and the dream is then further developed by free association and discussion. The focus is on the dream and the social context of the dreamers, rather than the individual dreamers.
Experiences in Social Dreaming, Paperback (January 2003)» View all books by W.Gordon Lawrence
Social Dreaming is the name given to a method of working with dreams that are shared and associated within a gathering of people, coming together for this purpose. In the first chapter, W. Gordon Lawrence outlines some ideas on this phenomenon.
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Author Biography - W.Gordon Lawrence
Gordon Lawrence was a managing partner of Social Dreaming Ltd, London, and a visiting professor at the University of Northumberland, Newcastle, the New Bulgarian University, Sofia, and at La Sapienza, the University of Rome. Formerly, he held a visiting professorship at Cranfield University, Bedford. He was on the editorial board of Free Associations (UK), Freie Assoziation (Germany) and Organizational and Social Dynamics (UK). He was a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Socio-Analysis and a Distinguished Member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.
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