Systemic Work with Organizations: A New Model for Managers and Change Agents

1st Edition

David Campbell, Tim Coldicott, Keith Kinsella

Routledge
Published December 31, 1994
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9781855751002 - CAT# K377596
Series: The Systemic Thinking and Practice Series

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Summary

Systemic Work with Organizations explores a powerful new perspective on the challenges faced by managers and consultants who work in large organizations. Building on principles and methods originally developed in the family arena, the authors show how an emphasis on connection, context and communication can help managers and others involved in change, deal with issues of identity, leadership, and learning faced by staff in today's complex work environment.The main thesis is that one way cause and effect thinking and a central focus on the role of the individual, is no longer sufficient. Managers and change agents now need to make use of the insights and interventions offered by a systemic perspective that highlights the roles played by circularity and reflexivity in how people construct shared meaning in human systems.In early chapters the three authors develop bridges between the family and organizational fields, exploring the ideas and methods of systemic and constructionist thinking in preparation for the three detailed case studies which illustrate systemic thinking in action.

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