Organization in the Mind: Psychoanalysis, Group Relations and Organizational Consultancy

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Both as a practitioner and a thinker, David Armstrong has, for many years, been a leading figure internationally in the fields of organizational consultancy and group relations. In papers presented at a wide range of gatherings — in North America, Israel, Australia and Bulgaria, as well as in mainland Europe and the United Kingdom — he has produced a body of work in which he explores the practical application of psychoanalytic thinking in organizational contexts. He is particularly well-known for his innovative ...

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Overview

Both as a practitioner and a thinker, David Armstrong has, for many years, been a leading figure internationally in the fields of organizational consultancy and group relations. In papers presented at a wide range of gatherings — in North America, Israel, Australia and Bulgaria, as well as in mainland Europe and the United Kingdom — he has produced a body of work in which he explores the practical application of psychoanalytic thinking in organizational contexts. He is particularly well-known for his innovative interpretations of the ideas of Wilfred Bion.
This book brings together for the first time his key writings in this area, and should become essential reading for managers and leaders who wish to deepen their understanding of their experiences in their roles, as well as for organizational consultants, academics and students of organizations. These are "occasional" pieces: that is, they were written for specific occasions and specific audiences. Together they make up a fascinating range of novel ideas that are both theoretically challenging and deeply practical, illustrated as they are throughout by case material from his work with organizational clients. Each chapter is set in context, to explain the evolution of the ideas presented, and the Introduction, written for the occasion, both sets the whole in context and expands on the key notion of "organization-in-the-mind".

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855753976
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Series: Tavistock Clinic Series
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert French is Reader in Organization Studies at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol. He has edited two previous volumes: Rethinking Management Education (with Chris Grey, 1996); and Group Relations, Management, and Organization (with Russ Vince, 1999).

David Armstrong is Principal Consultant at the Tavistock Consultancy Service. An organizational psychologist, he worked in action research and consultancy at the Tavistock Institute, the University of London and the Grubb Institute before joining TCS in 1994. His particular interests are in the dynamics of leadership and the significance of emotional experience as a source of organizational intelligence.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Organization in the mind : an introduction 1
Ch. 2 Names, thoughts, and lies : the relevance of Bion's later writing for understanding experiences in groups 10
Ch. 3 The "organization-in-the-mind" : reflections on the relation of psychoanalysis to work with institutions 29
Ch. 4 The analytic object in organizational work 44
Ch. 5 The recovery of meaning 55
Ch. 6 "Psychic retreats" : the organizational relevance of a psychoanalytic formulation 69
Ch. 7 Emotions in organizations : disturbance or intelligence? 90
Ch. 8 Keeping on moving 111
Ch. 9 Making present : reflections on a neglected function of leadership and its contemporary relevance 124
Ch. 10 The work group revisited : reflections on the practice and relevance of group relations 139
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