Readings about group relations conferences

The Tavistock Method from Banet and Hayden (1977) A Tavistock Primer

An Open Letter to a Potential Attendee at an A K Rice Group Relations Conference, Robert E. Bart

Conference Report (1995) Bob Howard

Shapiro, E.R. & Carr, A.W. (2012) An introduction to Tavistock-style group relations conference learningOrganisational and Social Dynamics,12(1) 70-80.

The group relations readers

Colman, A. D. and Bexton, W. H. (1975). (Eds.) Group Relations Reader 1. Washington, DC: A. K. Rice Institute.

Colman, A. D. and Geller, M. H. (1985). (Eds.) Group Relations Reader 2. Washington, DC: A. K. Rice Institute.

Cytrynbaum, S. & Noumair, D. (2004) (Eds.) Group Dynamics, Organizational Irrationality, and Social Complexity: Group Relations Reader 3. Jupiter, FL: the A. K. Rice Institute.

Readings by CSGSS members

Brunner L.D.( 2002) ‘Groups and Work in the Past and at Present. A conversation with Eric Miller’ in Organisational and Social Dynamics, Volume 2 No 2 pp. 156-178.

Brunner L.D., Nutkevitch A. Sher M. (Eds) (2006) Group Relations Conferences: Reviewing and Exploring Theory, Design, Role-Taking and Application. London: Karnac Books.

Correa, M. E., et al. (1988), Reactions to women in authority: The impact of gender on learning in group relations conferences. Journal of Applied Behavioral Science 24, 3, 219-233.

Fromm, MG (2009) Potential space and maternal authority in organizations.  Organisational and Social Dynamics 9(2) 189-205.

Fromm, MG (2007) CSGSS 25th Anniversary Celebration and Spring Symposium Opening Remarks

Hodges, K & Dybdal, D. (2012) Welcome to AGPA: Two Group Therapists
Reflect Upon Their First AGPA Annual Conference, Group Vol 36.1, pp. 65-84.

Kennedy, D (2003) The changing nature of female power and its impact on male/female collaboration in AKRI work. Cambridge, MA: AKRI Scientific meetings.

Krantz, J. (2011) Reflective citizenship: an organizational perspective.   in  L. Gould, A. Lucey, L. Stapley (eds)The Reflective Citizen: Organizational and Social Dynamics  London: Karnac, pp. 149-162.

Krantz, J. (2010) The Myth that Binds. In  H. Brunning & M. Perini (eds)  Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Turbulent World  London: Karnac.

Krantz., J. (2010) Social Defences and 21st Century Organizations: A Tribute to the Contribution of Isabel Menzies Lyth  British Journal of Psychotherapy  26.2, pp. 192-201.

Krantz, J. (2009) The Evolution of Basic Assumptions In Twenty-first Century Organizations Socio-Analysis Volume 11, pp. 1-15.

Krantz, J.,  Sources of Hope in Contemporary Organizations in A. Ahlers-Niemann, B. Sievers, R. Redding Mersky & U. Bremer (eds) The Normal Madness in Organizations: Socio-analytic thoughts and interventions.  Dusseldorf:  EHP-Verlag Andreas Kohlhage.

Krantz, J. (2006) Fundamentalism and the Search for Mature Hope Journal of Organisational and Social Dynamics Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 258-272.

Krantz, J. (2006) Leadership, Betrayal and Adaptation, Human Relations  Vol. 59(2), pp. 221-240.

Krantz, J. (2001) Dilemmas of Organizational Change: A Systems Perspective.”  in L. Gould, M. Stein & L. Stapley (eds.) The Systems Psychodynamics of Organizations.  London: Karnac Books.

Krantz, J. (1998) Anxiety & The New Order.  In E. Klein, F. Gabelnick and P. Herr (eds.) Leadership in the 21st Century   Madison, CT: International Universities Press.

Krantz, J. & Maltz, M. (1997) A Framework for Consulting to Organizational Role Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research   49:2 pp. 137-151.

Krantz, J & Gilmore, T. (1997) Parallel Processes as Scaffolding: Resolving the Dilemmas of Ad Hoc Processes.  In Altschuler & Behn Innovations in American Government: Opportunities, Challenges and Dilemmas.  Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution.

Krantz. J., & Gilmore, T. (1992) Innovation in the Public Sector:  Managing the Tension between Protection and Encapsulation.  Journal of Policy Analysis and Management   Vol. 10, No. 3, Summer 1992.

Krantz, J. (1991) Listening with the Third Ear in Organizational Consulting:  Projective Identification in the Consulting Relationship  in M. Kets de Vries (ed.) Organizations on the Couch:  Handbook of Psychoanalysis and Management.  San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Krantz, J. (1990) Lessons from the Field:  An Essay on the Crisis of Leadership in Contemporary Organizations.”  Journal of Applied Behavioral Science Vol. 26, No. 1,   pp. 49-64.

Krantz, J. (1990) Group Relations in Context, in J. Gillette & M. McCollom (eds.) Groups In Context: A New Perspective on Group Dynamics.  New York:  Addison-Wesley.

Krantz, J., (1990) A Biography of Eric Trist.  Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.  Vol. 26, pp. vii-viii.

Krantz, J. (1985) Group Process under Conditions of Organizational Decline, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.  Vol. 21, No. 1.

Parish, M. (2012) From couch to culture through the therapeutic community. Psychoanalytic Psychology 29:3, 330-345.

Parish, M. (2007) Reflections on the Administrator’s Role.  Organisational and Social Dynamics 7:1.

Petriglieri, G., & Stein, M. (2012) The Unwanted Self: Projective Identification in Leaders’ Identity Work Organization Studies (in press).

Petriglieri, G., Wood, J., & Petriglieri, JL (2011) Up Close and Personal: Developing Foundations for Leader Development through Personalization of Management Learning Academy of Management Learning and Education 10, no. 3.

Petriglieri, G., & Petriglieri. J L, (2010) Identity Workspaces: The Case of Business Schools Academy of Management Learning and Education 9, no. 1

Petriglieri, G. & Wood, J. D. (2003), The Invisible Revealed: Collusion as an Entry to the Group Unconscious Transactional Analysis Journal 33:4, 332-343.

Petriglieri, G. (2011) Identity Workspaces for Leadership Development. Chap. 19 in The Handbook for Teaching Leadership: Knowing, Doing, and Being, Snook, Nohria & Khurana, Eds., pp. 295-312. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.

Petriglieri, G. & Wood, JD. (2005) Learning for Leadership: The ‘Engineering’ and ‘Clinical’ Approaches In Mastering Executive Education: How to Combine Content with Context and Emotion, Strebel, PJ & Keys, T, Eds., pp. 140-154. London: Financial Times-Prentice Hall.

Shapiro, ER (2012)  Management vs interpretation: teaching residents to listen. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders. 200 (3), 2012

Shapiro, ER. (2005) Joining a group’s task: the discovery of hope and respect. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. 55 (2): 211-227.

Shapiro, ER.  (2009) A View from Riggs: Treatment Resistance and Patient Authority. XII. Examined Living: A Psychodynamic Treatment System. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychotherapy37(4): 679-694

Shapiro ER and Carr, AW. (2006) “Those people were some kind of solution:” Can society in any sense be understood? Organizational and Social Dynamics. 6 (2): 241-257.

Shapiro, ER. (2004) Task: a transcendent notion. In: Percey M, editor. The character of wisdom: essays in honor of A.W. Carr. London: Ashgate Press.

Shapiro, ER. (2001) Institutional learning as chief executive. In: Gould L, Stapley L, Stein M, editors. The systems psychodynamics of organizations: integrating the group relations approach, psychoanalytic and open systems theory. New York : Karnac Press.

Shapiro, E. R. & Carr, A. C. (1991). Lost in Familiar Places: Creating new Connections between the Individual and Society. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Shapiro, E. R. (Ed.), (1997), The Inner World in the Outer World: Psychoanalytic Perspectives. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.

Shields, W. (2001) The Subjective Experience of the Self in the Large Group: Two Models for Study. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 51:2.

Wallach, T. (2006). Conflict transformation: A group relations perspective. In M. Fitzduff & C. E. Stout (Eds.), The psychology of resolving global conflicts: From war to peace (Vol. 1, pp. 285-306). U.K.: Praeger Security International.

Wallach, T. (2004). Transforming conflict: A group relations perspective. Peace and Conflict Studies, 11(1), 76-95.


Banet, A. G. & Hayden, C. (1977). A Tavistock Primer. In J. E. Jones & J. W. Pfeiffer (Eds.), The 1977 Annual Handbook for Group Facilitators (pp. 155-167). La Jolla, CA: University Associates.

Bion, W. R. (1961). Experiences in Groups. New York: Basic Books.

Bion, W. R. (1970). Attention and interpretation. New York: Basic Books.

Chattopadhyay, G. P. (1985). Some speculations on the unconscious roots of organizational culture. Management and Labour Studies 10:4, 169-183.

Etin, M. F. & Cohen, B.D., (1997) Group as a whole theory viewed in its 20th century context.  Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, & Practice 1:4, 39-240.

Hayden, C and Molenkamp, R. J. (2002) Tavistock Primer II. Jupiter, FL, A. K. Rice Institute.

Jaques, Elliot (1955), Social systems as a defence against persecutory and depressive anxiety, in: M. Klein, P. Heimann & R. Money-Kyrle (Eds.), New directions in psycho-analysis. London: Tavistock Publications, 478-498.

Menzies, I. E. P. (1960), A case study in the functioning of social systems as a defense against anxiety. Human Relations 13, 95-121.

Menzies Lyth, I. E. P. (1988). Containing Anxiety in Institutions. London: Free Associations Press.

Menzies Lyth, I. E. P. (1981). Bion’s contribution to thinking about groups. In J. S. Grotstein (Ed.), Do I dare to disturb the universe? Beverly Hills, CA: Caesura Press.

Miller, E. J. (1990). Experiential learning in groups. In E. Trist & H. Murray (Eds.), The Social Engagement of Social Science. London: Free Association Books

Miller, E. J. and Rice, A. K. (1967). Systems of Organization. London: Tavistock Publications.

Rice, A. K. (1965). Learning for Leadership: Interpersonal and Intergroup Relations. London: Tavistock Publications.

Rioch, M. J. (1970). Group relations: Rationale and techniques. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 20, 340-355.

Rioch, M. J. (1970). The work of Wilfred R. Bion on Groups. Psychiatry, 33, 56-66.

Rioch, M. J. (1971). ‘All we like sheep-‘(Isaiah 53:6): Followers and leaders. Psychiatry, 34, 258-273.

Wells, L. (1995) The group as a whole: a systemic socioanalytic perspective on interpersonal and group relations.  In Gillette & McCollom (Eds.) Groups in context: a new perspective on group dynamics.  pp. 50-85. New York: University Press of America.


Armstrong, D. (2005) Organization in the Mind: Psychoanalysis, Group Relations, and Organizational Consultancy. London: Karnac Books.

Cytrynbaum, S. & Lee, S. A. (1993). (Eds.) Transformations in Global and Organizational Systems: Changing Boundaries in the 90’s. Proceedings of the Tenth Scientific Meeting of the A. K. Rice Institute. Jupiter, FL: the A. K. Rice Institute.

De Board, R. (1978). The Psychoanalysis of Organizations: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Behaviors in Groups and Organizations. London: Routledge.

Fraher, A. L. (2004), A History of Group Study and Psychodynamic Organizations. London: Free Association Books.

French, R. & Vince, R. (1999) Group Relations, Management, and Organization. New York: Oxford University Press.

French, R. & Simpson, P. (1999), Organizational Roles and the Management of Change: A Systemic Approach, in: Yiannis Gabriel (Eds.), Organizations in Depth: The Psychoanalysis of Organizations. London: Sage, 99-102.

Gillette, J. and McCollom, M. (1995). (Eds.) Groups in Context: A New Perspective on Group Dynamics. Lanham, MD: University Press of America.

Gilmore, T. N. & Krantz, J. S. (1985), Projective identification in the consulting relationship: Exploring the unconscious dimensions of a client. Human Relations 38:12, 1159-1177.

Gilmore, T. N. & Krantz, J. S. (1990), The Splitting of leadership and management as a social defense. Human Relations 43:2, 183-204.

Gould, L. J., Stapley, L. F., & Stein, M. (Eds.), (2001), The Systems Psychodynamics of Organizations. New York: Karnac Books, 67- 91.

Hinshelwood, R. D. & Chiesa, M. (Eds.) (2002) Organisations, Anxieties & Defences: Towards a Psychoanalytic Social Psychology. London: Whurr Publishers.

Hirschorn, L. & Barnett, C.K. (1993). The Psychodynamics of Organizational Life. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.

Hirschorn, L. (1988). The workplace within: Psychodynamics of organizational life. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Huffington, C., Armstrong, D., Halton, W., Hoyle, L. & Pooley, J. (Eds.) (2004), Working below the surface. The emotional life of contemporary organizations. London: Karnac Books.

Hugg, T. W., Carson, N. M. & Lipgar, R. M. (1989). (Eds.) Changing Group Relations. The Next Twenty-Five Years in America. Proceedings of the Ninth Scientific Meeting of the A. K. Rice Institute. Jupiter, FL: A. K. Rice Institute.

Josselson, R. (2012) Transforming Self, Transforming Institutions: The Life and Leadership Lessons of Faith Gabelnick,  A.K.Rice Institute.

Kets de Vries, M. (Ed.) (1991) Organizations on the Couch: Handbook of Psychoanalysis and Management. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Klein, E. B. and Gould, L. J. (1973) Boundary issues and organizational dynamics: A new case study. Social Psychiatry, 8, 204-211.

Klein, E.B., Gabelnick, F. & Herr, P. (Eds.), The Psychodynamics of Leadership. Madison, CT: Psychosocial Press.

Lawrence, W. G. (Ed.) (1999) Exploring Individual and Organizational Boundaries. A Tavistock Open System Approach. London: Karnac Books.

Lawrence, W. Gordon (Ed.), (2005), Introduction to Social Dreaming: Transforming Thinking. London: Karnac Books

Lipgar, R.& Pines, M. (Eds.) (2003) Building on Bion: Branches
Contemporary Developments and Applications of Bion’s Contributions to Theory and Practice.
London: Jessica Kingsley.

Lipgar, R. M. & Pines, M. (Eds.) (2003) Building on Bion: Roots Origins and context of Bion’s contributions to theory and practice. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Menninger, R. W. (1972). The impact of group relations conferences on organizational growth. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 22, 415-432.

Newton, P. M. and Levinson, D. J. (1970). The work group within the organization: A socio-pyschological approach. Psychiatry, 36, 115-142.

Obholzer, A. & Roberts, V. Z. (1994). (Eds.) The Unconscious at Work. Individual andOrganizational Stress in the Human Services. London and New York: Routledge.

O’Connor, C. (1971). The Tavistock method of group study. Science and Psychoanalysis, 18, 100-115.

Schwartz, H. S., (1990), Narcissistic Process and Corporate Decay: The Theory of the Organization Ideal. New York: New York University Press.

Trist, E., & Murray, H. (Eds.) (1990). The Social Engagement of Social Science: A Tavistock Anthology. The University of Pennsylvania Press.

Turquet, P. M. (1974). Leadership – The individual in the group. In G. S. Gibbard, J. J. Hartman & R. D. Mann (Eds.), Analysis of Groups. San Francisco: Josey-Bass.

West, K. L., Hayden, C. & Sharrin, R. M. (1995). (Eds.) Community/Chaos: Proceedings of the Eleventh Scientific Meeting of the A. K. Rice Institute. Jupiter, FL: The A. K. Rice Institute.

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