Group as a Whole: Learning for Leadership, Authority and Organisation

Author(s) : Lionel F. Stapley

Group as a Whole: Learning for Leadership, Authority and Organisation

Book Details

  • Publisher : Karnac Books
  • Published : June 2024
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 188
  • Category :
  • Category 2 :
    Organisational Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 97605
  • ISBN 13 : 9781800131231
  • ISBN 10 : 1800131232
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The focus of this volume is on groups. The approach taken is to study groups from the perspective of the group as a whole, which provides a totally different perspective from studying individual actions and relationships in groups. The book begins with pre-conference activity, particularly the need for ‘authority’, and a discussion on the importance and understanding of the group as a whole. The subsequent chapters follow the usual structure of IGO group relations conferences (GRCs). The aim is to develop a deeper understanding of group relations learning but it is in no way a substitute for the vital learning from experiential opportunities provided by actual GRCs, which is rich and valuable because it happens in the here and now in our direct experience. The book is an excellent introduction to GRCs for the novice and ideal for those who have attended GRCs to explore their own experiences and emotions. The learning opportunities provide powerful insights to individuals and other group members. Everything that happens at a GRC is done for the learning of the members.

Table of Contents

The Context of Group Relations Learning
An Overview and Deeper Understanding of Group Relations Learning
1. Group as a Whole
2. Consultancy Skill and Knowledge
3. The Small Study Group
4. The Large Study Group
5. The Intergroup Event
6. Review and Application Groups (RAG)

About the Author(s)

Lionel Stapley PhD is an organizational consultant and the Director of OPUS (An Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society) an educational charity that seeks to encourage the study of conscious and unconscious processes in society and institutions within it. He heads up the OPUS Group Processes Program; and is an organisational consultant working in the public and private sectors in the UK and in other countries with individuals, groups and sometimes whole organisations. He has a particular interest in organisational culture and change. He is also a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development (CFIPD), and a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Management (FCIM).

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