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The Dynamics of Change

Sher, Mannie

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ISBN 10: 1780490607 / ISBN 13: 9781780490601
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2012. Paperback. Contains reflections of the theories and practices of the 'Tavistock tradition' over the years - psychoanalysis (the role of thought); socio-technical systems (the interaction between people and technology in workplaces); theories of leadership, research and evaluation methodologies; participant design and greater democratization of the workplace. Num Pages: 288 pages, black & white illustrations, figures. BIC Classification: JMH. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 227 x 154 x 21. Weight in Grams: 424. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781780490601

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Title: The Dynamics of Change

Publisher: Karnac Books

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:New

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This is a book that aligns theory and practice. Mannie Sher shares numerous examples of work explaining how systems psychodynamics concepts influence practice for the benefit of clients and the social good. In particular, he demonstrates how systems psychodynamic concepts enable understanding of beneath-the-surface forces in large systems that promote significant observable improvement in behaviour and performance.

The book offers an overview of the central feature of systems psychodynamics – the ubiquitous presence of anxieties and the mobilization of institutional and social defense systems against them – a set of inspired ideas that have defined ‘Tavistock’ social science research methodologies, organisational change initiatives and executive coaching encounters for nearly a century.

The four sections of the book reflect the author’s professional journey across both Tavistock institutions - the Tavistock Clinic from 1971 to 1976 - public sector psychotherapy (Section 2) - and the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations from 1997 - group relations (Section 3); organisational development and change (Section 4); and board evaluation (Section 5).

The work is also a tribute to Pierre Turquet, Robert Gosling and Mary Barker at the Clinic and Eric Miller, Isabel Menzies Lyth and Gordon Lawrence at the Institute who inspired the author and who were influential in generating and shaping systems psychodynamics thinking – the confluence of dominant framing perspectives of organisational and social systems thinking and psychoanalytic perspectives on individual mental processes and group and social dynamics. It also salutes the many others in the international group relations and organisational development networks who are tested daily in their work by the hidden unconscious processes of their client systems.

About the Author:

Mannie Sher is a Principal Social Scientist and Director of the Group Relations Programme at the Tavistock Institute, London. He manages organizational development and change projects and consults to top management of organizations on the role of leadership in effecting strategic change. He is a Fellow of the British Association of Psychotherapists and a practicing psychoanalytical psychotherapist. Sher has published on subjects of consultancy, leadership, organizational development, ethics and corruption. He is a member of ISPSO, OFEK and OPUS.

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