Systemic Work with Organizations: A New Model for Managers and Change Agents

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Karnac Books, 1994 - Psychology - 206 pages
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Systemic Work with Organisations explores a powerful new perspective on the challenges faced by managers and consultants who work in large organisations. Building on principles and methods originally developed in the family arena, the authors show how an emphasis on connection, context, and communication can help managers and others involved in change, deal with issues of identity, leadership, and learning faced by staff in today's complex work environment.
The main thesis is that one way cause and effect thinking and a central focus on the role of the individual, is no longer sufficient. Managers and change agents now need to make use of the insights and interventions offered by a systemic perspective that highlights the roles played by circularity and reflexivity in how people construct shared meaning in human systems.
In early chapters the three authors develop bridges between the family and organisational fields, exploring the ideas and methods of systemic and constructionist thinking in preparation for the three detailed case studies which illustrate systemic thinking in action. Concluding chapters pull together the strands to present a view of the stance and methods of constructionist consulting, the authors' version of the systemic approach.
This complementary focus on relations and meaning in human systems offers managers the opportunity to use insights from a broad range of other disciplines to improve their contribution to resolving challenges faced by public and private organisations. The approach offered is a practical one and will be of interest to managers, consultants, and change agents who wish to improve their understanding of the complex worlds they now work in.

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About the author (1994)

David Campbell is a well-established clinical psychologist, who works as a trainer and clinician for the National Health Service at the Tavistock Clinic in London, and also as a freelance consultant to teams and small organizations. For many years he has been interested in developing techniques for working with organizations that incorporate the principles of systemic thinking. His work has led to consulting and training projects throughout the U.K. and Europe for both public and private sector institutions. He has written several articles and books on this subject and is a co-editor of the Systemic Thinking and Practice Series, containing thirty-nine books, which has promoted many new ideas in this field.

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