Journal Article or Monograph
Title: Contemporary Methodologies to Surface and Act on Unconscious Dynamics in Organisations: an Exploration of Design, Facilitation Capacities, Consultant Paradigm and Ultimate Value
Authors: Mersky, R. R.
Organisational Role Analysis, Social Dreaming, Social Photo-Matrix, and
Social Dream-Drawing are four examples of a growing number of methodologies
that are being developed and used internationally. While used in
different ways in different contexts, what they all have in common is the
intent to access a group's unconscious thinking, whether related to a preidentified
theme or a particular organisational or social issue. This body of
methodologies makes use of a third object created by participants, such as
a drawing, a dream, or a photo.
In this paper, I am presenting three conceptual frames:
1. An overreaching way of thinking about the design of these methodologies
and the role of those who host or lead them. My main question is:
what are the necessary and appropriate design elements and facilitation
capacities for methodologies that seek to uncover and make sense of
unconscious processes in organisations?
2. A theoretical argument for the fundamental value of these methodologies
3. A suggested new paradigm for the role of consultant in bringing these
methodologies to organisations.
In order to familiarise the reader who has not yet experienced any of these
methodologies, I will first briefly describe four of them and give an example
of their use in a system. I will follow that by an explication of the theoretical
underpinnings of my suggestions for their facilitation and structure,
which will be illuminated in a series of charts. I conclude by describing how
I think these methodologies can help organisations.
Keywords: associative unconscious, Organisational Role Analysis, Social Dreaming, Social Photo-Matrix, Social Dream-Drawing, unthought known, Bion, thinking, organisational consultation, containment, free association, amplification.
Journal: Organisational & Social Dynamics
Start page: 19
End page: 43
Rose Redding Mersky
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