Experiential Learning in Organizations: Applications of the Tavistock Group Relations Approach

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Eric J. Miller, Laurence J. Gould, Lionel Stapley, Mark Stein
Karnac Books, 2004 - Psychology - 192 pages
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Learning from experience is the theme of this thought-provoking and challenging volume edited by Laurence J. Gould, Lionel F. Stapley and Mark Stein. They have produced an authoritative sourcebook on this major strand of Group Relations Theory, which was developed jointly from psychoanalytic and open systems theories, including those of Bion, Klein and Freud.
The papers in this book address the broad issues of authority, leadership and organizational culture, whilst concentrating on other issues in-depth, such as inter-group conflict, and gender and race relations in the workplace. These papers ably demonstrate how learning from experience can be applied to working with a wide spectrum of managerial, educational, community, group and organizational concerns ranging from the individual to large systems.

"This book will be required reading for all who are interested in the theory and practice of working with groups and organizations, as well as those who have a serious interest in the area of experiential education and group relations training: Masters of Business Management (MBA) and other management students, managers, consultants, personnel and training professionals, researchers in group and organizational behaviour, and educationalists." -- Lionel F. Stapley from the Introduction

Contributors include Thomas N. Gilmore, Laurence J. Gould, Larry Hirschhorn, Ross A. Lazar, Susan Long, Eric J. Miller, Debra A. Noumair, Lionel F. Stapley and Mark Stein
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Eric J Miller
11
Theories of experiential learning
19
Diversity and authority conferences
63
Building an institution
101
Experiencing understanding and dealing
137
REFERENCES
173
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Laurence J. Gould is a former Director and Professor of Psychology in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the City University of New York. He is the Founding Director of the Program in Organizational Development and Consultation at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute, New York City; the Co-Director of the Program in Organizational Development and Consultation: A Psychoanalytic and Open Systems Perspective, at the Sigmund Freud Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; and the Director of the Socio-Psychoanalytic Program in Organizational Development and Consultation at IPTAR (Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research), New York City. He is a Member of OFEK (The Israel Association for the Study of Group and Organizational Processes); the Co-Editor of the journal of Organizational and Social Dynamics; and a founding member of ISPSO (the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations). He works as a psychoanalyst and organizational consultant.

Lionel F. Stapley is an organizational consultant and the Director of OPUS (An Organisation for Promoting the Understanding of Society) an educational charity which seeks to encourage the study of conscious and unconscious processes in society and institutions within it. He is also a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CFIPD), and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management (FCIM).

Mark Stein is Program Director of the Professional Management Programmes at the University of Reading, a visiting tutor at the Tavistock Clinic, and an associate of OPUS (an Organization for Promoting the Understanding of Society). Previously he has held posts at the London School of Economics, The Tavistock Institute, South Bank University and Brunel University.

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