How is group-as-a-whole behaviour experienced by the individual in working groups in organisational contexts?

Luedemann, Martin (2021) How is group-as-a-whole behaviour experienced by the individual in working groups in organisational contexts? Professional Doctorate thesis, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust / University of East London. Full text available

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Abstract

The research on which this dissertation is based was conducted in two steps. In an in-depth literature review, various approaches to group-as-a-whole phenomena from psychoanalytical and non-psychoanalytical perspectives were identified and described. The second step comprised interviews with six participants in working groups in organisations. Interpretation of their reported experiences revealed group-as-a-whole behaviour patterns, which can be made visible with a model that differentiates between task-oriented and non-task-oriented behaviour and between active and passive behaviour. Use of the psycho-social perspective showed that it is not only the researcher who is in contact with a number of anxieties around groups; this phenomenon affects other group participants as well. The usual defence mechanisms are keeping one’s distance and trying to control the group.

Item Type: Thesis (Professional Doctorate)
Additional Information: A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the University of East London in collaboration with the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust for the Professional Doctorate in Consultation and the Organisation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Professional Doctorate in Consultation and the Organisation, D10D
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Groups & Organisations > Occupational Groups
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services
Research
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/2691

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