The Reflective Citizen: Organizational and Social Dynamics

Editor : Laurence J. Gould, Editor : Aideen Lucey, Editor : Lionel F. Stapley

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The Reflective Citizen: Organizational and Social Dynamics

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2011
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 192
  • Category :
    Organisational Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 29592
  • ISBN 13 : 9781855758162
  • ISBN 10 : 1855758164
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This is the first in a "Reflective Citizen" series, the intention being to develop volumes from the various OPUS (An Organisation for Promoting Understanding of Society) activities which include Scientific Meetings, Workshops, Lectures, Debates and Conferences. The objective of OPUS is to promote and develop the study of conscious and unconscious organisational and societal dynamics through educational activities, research; consultancy and training; and, the publication and dissemination of these activities for the public benefit.

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'The Reflective Citizen takes a broad and thoughtful look at the range of issues that trouble us as a society. Using a group relations perspective, these authors open for examination the disturbing ways we collectively interfere with our own political and organizational lives. They illuminate how engagement is a central tool for competent citizenship, defining it as a mutually vulnerable and potentially terrifying opening up to the other. The book is recommended for managers, leaders, and students of social and organizational life.'
- Edward R. Shapiro, MD, Medical Director/CEO, Austen Riggs Center, USA

'This is a fascinating and absorbing read for those interested in how cutting edge theoretical developments apply to organizational life and contemporary society. I recommend this excellent book as a bridge between past and present, providing an opportunity to learn and reflect on how psychoanalytic and systems thinking impacts on our rapidly changing world, and on how we take up our roles as citizens of organizations and of the world.'
- Olya Khaleelee, Corporate Psychologist and organizational consultant, Associate, Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

'We live in times of unprecedented change. Globalization and hyper-connectivity bring people closer but make it harder to truly engage. The meaning of society and our experiences in it are ever more puzzling, eroding our ability to take up the role of active and responsible citizens. This interesting and timely collection, and the professional community which it celebrates, endeavour to examine the sentiment lying beneath the widespread veneer of numb individualism. Casting a light on the complex and often unconscious dynamics of contemporary society, this book enlightens, provokes and empowers. The articulate voices of its diverse group of authors showcase the value of reflective citizenship, demonstrating that it is not only possible today, but necessary and desirable.'
- Gianpiero Petriglieri, M.D., Affiliate Professor of Organizational Behaviour, INSEAD, France

'This book gives an account of dynamics in organizations and society and brings an excellent balance of theory and practice in the form of case studies from public health, business, and group relations. The authors cover a range of topics and bring a global perspective recognizing that we face the same dilemmas about values and ethics in professional life and in the role of organizational citizen. Working as organizational consultant it is very useful to have these valuable reflections upon how changes in modern society influence organizations and individuals working in them.'
- Renate Grønvold Bugge. Director KOL AS (Crisis/Organization/Management), specialist in clinical psychology, specialist in occupational and organizational psychology, Norway

About the Editor(s)

Laurence J. Gould PhD was the director of the Socio-Psychoanalytic Training Program, The Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR). He was also the founding co-director of the Program in Organizational Development and Consultation in Israel, and a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO). Dr Gould was a co-editor of The Systems Psychodynamics of Organizations (Karnac, 2001), and Experiential Learning in Organizations (Karnac, 2004). In addition, he was the founding co-editor of Organizational and Social Dynamics. Dr Gould practised psychoanalysis and organizational consultation in New York City. He passed away in 2010.

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Aideen Lucey is an independent organizational consultant and executive coach. Her areas of interest include leadership, group dynamics, and how meaning is lost and found in organizations in contemporary times. She is a visiting leadership consultant at INSEAD business school in France and IMD business school in Switzerland. She is also an associate at the Tavistock Consultancy Service, where she was previously a principal consultant. She is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. She is an associate of OPUS and has been a member of the OPUS Conference Organising Committee for many years.

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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