Group Relations Australia
This issue contains two papers that have been presented as plenary papers at the Annual ISPSO Conference (International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations). The first by Kathleen White was presented at Oxford in 2013. She explores issues of succession in the field and the difficult emotional terrain that accompanies the processes involved. This is a rich and moving paper that includes her experiences, struggles and learning. The second is a paper by Burkard Sievers, presented in Santiago in 2014. This paper takes us into some of the sociological foundations to be found in Herman Melville and Georg Simmel when exploring trust, lies, secrets, betrayal and deception. The paper gives us a deeper understanding of these ideas from literature and sociology.
Stanley Gold also explores the issue of trust, provoking us to think of its possibility or impossibility. Kay Trainor examines the effects of retrenchment in organisations. She takes her data from organisational research and from an examination of dynamics within a group relations conference. Kieran White and Paul Lawrence offer a methodology of Reflective Sketching in their paper and Joy Humphreys looks in depth at a case study of stakeholder engagement, finding the social defences operating in a large infrastructure project. Gouranga Chattopadhyay returns to his 1994 paper written with Ashok Malhotra about the abrogation of personal authority and asks why in organisations this is still denied. Finally Larry Hirschhorn offers a review of the book Socioanalytic Methods. In this essay he thinks about the efficacy of such methods, widely used by organisational consultants.
Gordon Lawrence Obituary
Alastair Bain Obituary
KATHLEEN POGUE WHITE
The Price of the Fear of Fading: some thoughts on women’s resistance to taking the role of Elder from a psychoanalytic perspective
Extending the Socioanalytic Foundations of Trust, Distrust, the Lie, the Secret, Betrayal and Deception: The legacy of Herman Melville & Georg Simmel
The Impossibility of Trust
An Exploration of Unwork
KIERAN WHITE and PAUL LAWRENCE
Splitting as a Social Defense against Stakeholder Engagement
Exploring the Phenomenon of Denial of Personal Authority
Socioanalytic Methods, Edited by Susan Long: Review Essay