Insight and Imagination: A Study in Knowing and Not-Knowing in Organizational Life

Insight and Imagination: A Study in Knowing and Not-Knowing in Organizational Life

by Howard F. Stein
     
 

Insight and Imagination explores the primacy of the self in organizational research, consulting, and management/leadership. Contesting the radical dichotomy between "objective" and "subjective" understanding, and the devaluation of the latter, Professor Howard F. Stein argues that the imagination of the observer, informed by his or her unconscious, can lead to a… See more details below

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Insight and Imagination explores the primacy of the self in organizational research, consulting, and management/leadership. Contesting the radical dichotomy between "objective" and "subjective" understanding, and the devaluation of the latter, Professor Howard F. Stein argues that the imagination of the observer, informed by his or her unconscious, can lead to a greater understanding of the psychological reality of the workplace and in turn to better informed problem solving. Insight emerges from the disciplined use of the imagination rather than its repudiation. The book brings countertransference to center stage as a tool for understanding the emotional experience of organizational life and for formulating interventions. One often neglected use of the imagination is the capacity to not have to know beforehand what one needs to learn-what poet John Keats called "negative capability." Insight and Imagination proposes the use of the humanities as a means of expanding and deepening one's access to the inner life of organizations. The author draws from the art created by others and from his own poetry written and often used during an organizational consultation. Among the specific contexts discussed in this book are the experience of organizational downsizing; helping organizations to grieve after change and loss; recognizing "red herrings" in organizational decision making; the language of organizational change; recognizing hidden agendas in meetings; and reflective practice in organizational life.

About the Author:
Howard F. Stein, Ph.D., is Professor of Family Medicine in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center,Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761837459
Publisher:
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword   Burkard Sievers   Dr. Sozial Wissenschaft     v
Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     xiii
Countertransference and Organizational Knowing: Understanding from the Inside as Well as the Outside     1
"The Centre and Circumference of Knowledge": The Use of Poetry as a Tool of Countertransference in Organizational Knowing and Consulting     14
Uncovering an Organizational Conference's Hidden Agendas     27
Red Herrings in the Workplace: On Not Solving the Wrong Problem     42
Learning How to Help: An Applied Anthropologist's Role in Massive Organizational Change     53
The Role of Our Words in the Masking and Unmasking of Organizational Experience     64
Trusting the Journey: The Narrative History of an Organizational Consultation     76
Letting Go of Who We Were: The Triad of Change-Loss-Grief in Organizational and Wider Cultural Life     98
The Dangers of Not Reflecting on What We Are Doing in Workplaces     116
The Inner World of Workplaces: Learning About Real World Workplaces Through Art     125
Ways of Knowing in Medicine and Other Worlds of Work: Objectivized Seeing and Beyond     141
The Consultant's Story as Conduit to the Client and Organization's Story: Fiction as Guide to Organizational Reality     153
Summary, Conclusions: ADocumentary Play     171
Index     193

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