Transforming Experience in Organisations: A Framework for Organisational Research and Consultancy

Editor : Susan Long

Transforming Experience in Organisations: A Framework for Organisational Research and Consultancy

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : February 2016
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 272
  • Category :
    Organisational Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 37380
  • ISBN 13 : 9781782203483
  • ISBN 10 : 1782203486
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This book explores a theoretical model – the Transforming Experience Framework (TEF) - used to understand the complexities and ambiguities of experience within organisational life. The TEF explores how people can take authentic action through taking up roles. The model is initially presented together with an understanding of the nature of unconscious dynamics and their disturbing and creative potentials. The various chapters explore situations, dilemmas and case studies in organisations through expanding on different aspects of the Framework.

The chapters of this book are written almost exclusively by men and women who have worked for the Grubb Institute, now named the Grubb Guild, some of them for 50 years and others as graduates or Faculty of the Grubb Institute's Master's Programme in Organisational Analysis and Leadership. Writers include or have been influenced by Bruce Reed, Barry Palmer, David Armstrong, Jean Reed, Bruce Irvine, Vega Roberts, Susan Long, Rebekah O'Rouke and John Bazalgette. The present manifestation of the Grubb thinking is through the Grubb School of Organisational Analysis: Susan Long edits the book in her role as a Faculty Member in the Grubb School of Organisational Analysis.

The intention of bringing this collection together is to demonstrate how the model can be used in organisational analysis, research and consulting. The framework has been gradually developed over many years with evolving versions being tried and tested in organisational research and consulting but has not been comprehensively described previously. The framework is in constant evolution and should be regarded as a living model, responsive to new ways of thinking and to changes in organisational experiences and contexts.

Reviews and Endorsements

‘This book offers a wonderfully evocative journey into the highly distinctive and imaginative perspective on group and organisational life opened out by the Grubb Institute. It draws on both its founding vision and its later reformulation in a new century within a radically changing social and organisational context. Affectionately edited by Susan Long, it stimulates and repays a close reading.’
- David Armstrong, Associate Consultant, Tavistock Consulting, London

‘This book stimulates ideas about boundaries and how they differentiate systems from their environment. It is an exciting collection of essays about the complexity of taking roles and the social unconscious. From a new perspective, authors discuss familiar topics such as unconscious processes, role framework, organisational analyses, the meaning of a system, and power. Anyone who is curious about the here-and-now process in organisations and searching for the answer to the question, “Is power a dirty word?” will find this book interesting. A very impressive combination of business case studies and theory.’
- Ekaterina V. Mikhaylova, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychoanalysis and business consulting at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

‘This is, without question, an important critical anthology on new developments in psychodynamic thinking and socioanalysis, and essential reading for anyone interested in the fast changing field of unconscious process in organisations. This well-conceived collection will make a significant contribution to the available literature on psychoanalytic studies of organisations.’
- Marianna Fotaki, Professor of Business Ethics, University of Warwick

‘Susan Long highlights the singular contribution of Bruce Irvine and the Grubb Institute to our understanding of some of the most deeply held and intrinsically valued aspects of organisational life. The contributions to this volume consistently highlight the spiritual domain of organisation, that domain which is so often the source of vitality and purpose, and in doing so they enable us to rethink what is meant by the unconscious, interconnectedness and leadership.’
- Paul Hoggett, Emeritus Professor of Social Policy, UWE, Bristol; psychotherapist registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and Member of the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy

‘The Transforming Experience Framework (TEF) presented throughout this book is an original approach, stimulating for analysts, consultants and researchers working with a systems psychodynamics perspective. Building on the history and expertise of the Grubb Institute, it stresses the interconnectedness between the person, the role, the system, the context and “the source”, therefore avoiding the very present risk of a personalisation of the issues in the workplace. Once more Susan Long demonstrates her openness, creativity and depth of thinking as a clinician in the social field.’
- Gilles Amado, Emeritus Professor of Organisational Psychosociology, HEC Paris, and founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations

About the Editor(s)

Susan Long supervises research students and conducts organisational research at a variety of universities including INSEAD in Singapore, MEICAT, University of Melbourne, University of Divinity in Melbourne and Crossfields. As an organisational consultant in private practice she works with organisational change, executive coaching, board development, role analysis, team development and management training. She originally trained as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. Her experience of working with people as individuals and in groups and organisations gives her a broad perspective on management practices.

Susan’s capacity as a teacher and organizational consultant/ researcher has led her to be invited onto the boards of prestigious organizations and elected onto the committees of professional bodies. She is a Faculty Member in the Grubb School of Organisational Analysis. She is a member of the Board of the Judicial College of Victoria and of Comcare’s advisory board for the Center of Excellence for Research into Mental Health at Work. She was the founding President of Group Relations Australia and a past president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations. Her participative action research has attracted grants through the Australian research Council and industry. She has published six books and many journal articles.

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