From Dependency To Autonomy

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In this absorbing collection Eric Miller draws on the experience of three decades as organizational consultant to various sorts of institutions, employing approaches drawn from psychoanalysis, systems theory and the group relations movement. He has worked and is esteemed throughout the world. Since all his work has been conducted in the midst of ongoing and temporary institutions, it is all 'action research'. Among the sites analysed in these papers are an airline; hospitals for incurables, the elderly, the ...
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In this absorbing collection Eric Miller draws on the experience of three decades as organizational consultant to various sorts of institutions, employing approaches drawn from psychoanalysis, systems theory and the group relations movement. He has worked and is esteemed throughout the world. Since all his work has been conducted in the midst of ongoing and temporary institutions, it is all 'action research'. Among the sites analysed in these papers are an airline; hospitals for incurables, the elderly, the mentally ill; a diocese; a prison; a diplomatic mission; manufacturing companies and rural sites. Throughout his case studies he addresses issues of dependence, independence and counterdependence. In all of the settings his aim has been to help people to gain greater influence over their environments. In the concluding chapters he lifts his eyes from small groups and society in microcosm to address society as an intelligible field of study. Throughout the book he focuses constantly on values and concepts in action.
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Miller recounts lessons he has learned in three decades of teaching people how to take more control of their environment in such structures as an airline, a residence hospital, a diocese, a prison, manufacturing companies, and rural communities. After the detailed case studies, he considers society as a whole. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781853433351
  • Publisher: Free Association Books Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/1993
  • Series: Studies in Organization and Change
  • Pages: 343
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
1 Values and concepts 3
2 Task and organization in an airline 32
3 Dependence, independence and counter-dependence in residential institutions for incurables 67
4 Geriatric hospitals as open systems 82
5 A Church of England diocese 102
6 A prison in Northern Ireland 120
7 Some reflections on the role of the diplomatic wife 132
8 Government and water 146
9 Institution-building: a new steelworks 163
10 Towards a model for integrated rural development 173
11 An intervention in a manufacturing company 195
12 Innovation in a psychiatric hospital 217
13 Beyond the small group: society as an intelligible field of study 243
14 Society in microcosm 273
15 Power, authority, dependency and cultural change 284
Publications of Eric Miller 317
References 323
Index 333
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