Leadership, through loss and change: Management of change viewed as challenges within a couple relationship.

Smith, Sylvia (2016) Leadership, through loss and change: Management of change viewed as challenges within a couple relationship. Journal of Social Work Practice, 30 (3). pp. 283-296. ISSN 0265-0533

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This paper emanated from a Doctoral Thesis, which was an in-depth single case study of a frontline social work team based in the third sector. The research took place over a period of five months and included weekly visits to observe the day-to-day operations of the team, attending special events such as the Team's Away Day, Team Meetings and undertaking management consultation sessions with the Project and Deputy Managers. The thesis concludes that just as frontline staff require effective support, frontline managers also need space to effectively reflect on their experiences in role. The focus of this paper is the relationship dynamic between the managers, the team, senior management and the wider organisation as they dealt with the sudden announcement of the project's closure. The paper makes use of ethnographic and psychoanalytically informed observations of the team's ordinary day to day work processes, in addition, use was made of consultative interviews (MCI's) with the managers of this service who were afforded space to think about their management roles. Aspects of thematic analysis informed by psychoanalytic theory were used to analyse the material.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Human, Thematic Analysis, Interviews, Psychoanalytic Theory, United Kingdom, Family Services, Parenting
Subjects: Couple & Family Therapies > Couples/Marriage - Social Welfare
Management & Economics > Leadership - Social Behaviour
Research, Tests, Assessments > Assessment/Interviews
Department/People: Visiting Lecturer
Depositing User: Mr Mat Zaremba
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2018 17:29
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2018 17:29
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1887

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