WHY PUBLIC IS NOT THE SAME AS PRIVATE

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Title: WHY PUBLIC IS NOT THE SAME AS PRIVATE
Year: 2003
Authors: Hoggett, P.
Abstract:

Organisational consultants, including some who have been informed by the Group Relations tradition, often think about organisations in a simplified way as if all organisations are pretty much the same irrespective of whether, for example, they are public, private or not-for-profit. In my experience this tendency is not so pronounced in the work of those engaged in research into organisational life. In the field of public administration in particular there is a clear appreciation of some of the unique characteristics of organisational life in the public sphere. I will argue that there are very good grounds for both researchers and consultants to preserve the distinction between private and public. In the course of my argument I will examine the political nature of organisations within the public sphere, explore the undeveloped concept of `social anxiety’ by linking it to wider social themes of alienation and ambivalence and, finally, draw out some of the implications of all this for the practice of consultancy.

Keywords: organizations, public, private, consultancy
Language: English


Date: 6/19/2003
Location: Boston, MA
Name of Event/Conference: 20th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations
Sponsoring Organization: ISPSO

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Elizabeth Novogratz

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