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Psychodynamic perspectives on organizational change and their relevance to Transformational Practice Development

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Walsh, K and Crisp, J and Moss, C, Psychodynamic perspectives on organizational change and their relevance to Transformational Practice Development, International Journal of Nursing Practice, 17, (2) pp. 205-212. ISSN 1322-7114 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01926.x

Abstract

Psychodynamic perspectives on organizational change and their relevance to Transformational Practice Development In this paper we draw on the organizational psychodynamic literature, from Menzies 1960 seminal work to contemporary writers such as Manfred Kets de Vries and Adrian Carr as well as our own experience to highlight three critical paradoxes in the psychodynamics of health services. The paper highlights that behaviour and ways of interacting are influenced by intrapersonal mechanisms; and these mechanisms are critically important in the evolution of workplace cultures, and markedly influence organizational functioning. These mechanisms (and the paradoxes they pose) need to be considered in any initiative, such as Practice Development, that seeks to engage staff in workplace reform. By better understanding the psychodynamics of the workplace, we will in turn be better able to understand the mechanisms underlying the success of Practice Development processes, use these more deliberately and develop new and better processes in order to further improve the efficacy of Transformational Practice Development as an approach to practice change. © 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Organizational change; Practice Development; Psychodynamics; Workplace culture
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Nursing
Author:Walsh, K (Professor Kenneth Walsh)
ID Code:91174
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2014-05-09
Last Modified:2014-10-01
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