Relatedness in a Global Economy

Editor : Edward B. Klein, Editor : Ian L. Pritchard

Relatedness in a Global Economy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2006
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 246
  • Category :
    Organisational Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 24496
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855754669
  • ISBN 10 : 1855754665
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Massive social changes have brought prosperity to many groups and nations. Technological developments continue to facilitate the transformation of our lives. More employees are working in teams connected technologically throughout the world. Many have participated in some times disconnected discussions involving managers on different continents. How we understand the dynamics of such virtual environments are challenges for workers and managers. Institutional transformation often involves a process of continuous change, which is both exciting and challenging and calls for flexbility on the part of the employees and executives.

Given the speed of communication, it is often hard to think about complex issues which influence decision-making. Organizational consultants, by applying systems-theory, offer CEOs, managers and workers a space to think about and understand complex global issues. This book combines psychodynamic, small group and social systems theories in addressing consultations in various countries. The authors, from India, Australia, England and the United States, provide rich case material as well as theoretical background in explicating current consultations. It will appeal to executive coaches, organizational consultants, NGOs, specialists in finances and management, human relations and those interested in third world development.

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'The impact of globalization forces role-holders in systems, at some point in time, to reach their "limits of comprehension"...The phenomena of globalization, never before experienced by humanity, call upon insights and thoughts from imagination, the unknown, the unconscious mind and the infinite.

'Such a caesura, this book provides. A masterly introduction by Edward Klein, adumbrating the systems psycho-dynamic approach, pioneered at the Tavistock Institute, sets the tone of radical enquiry for all the chapters. The authors recognise the efficacy of psycho-analysis as a tool of cultural enquiry to yield cognisance of unconscious social processes and the non-rational for understanding the new architectonic, global order...

'This is a "must-have" book for every opinion-maker in contemporary systems and societies for its thought processes go well beyond the existing frames of knowledge and paradigms to offer a heuristic perspective for engaging with the problems, puzzles, conundrums and uncertainties that every system is bombarded with by the global phenomena.'
- Gordon Lawrence, Managing Partner, Social Dreaming Ltd

'This excellent collection of inventive papers shines a bright light on the covert and overt issues arising from economic globalization and the process of continuous change in developing organizational structures. It belongs on the shelf of anyone interested in employing a systems psychodynamic perspective in a fast-changing world.'
- Barbara B. Winderman, Past-President and Fellow, A.K. Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems

About the Editor(s)

Edward B. Klein is a consultant with Fortune 500 companies, health and government agencies regarding leadership, executive development and organizational dynamics. He presents seminars on adult development in industrial, clinical and educational settings to executives and managers. He has published several books on dynamic leadership and consultation in a changing economy.

Ian L. Pritchard is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.

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