Staying Mindful in Action: Socioanalytic Action Research

Lotte Svalgaard

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    In 2012 I embarked on an Industrial PhD study to examine how leaders and followers can stay mindful in organizational turbulence; And in particular stay mindful on what is happening in and between people - relationally and emotionally – when ‘in the middle of it all’.
    My study holds observation of participants in business driven action learning (BDAL)-programmes, mutual exploration of conscious and un-conscious drivers of group and individual behaviour during the programme (via working notes), as well as diary studies and exploratory sessions (including drawing as a method) after the programme.
    Socioanalytic method is the study of groups and organizations from a perspective combining systems theory and psychoanalysis – equal to the term systems psychodynamics. This case study provides a narrative summary of the whole research project from research question to analysis, and takes the reader to the heart of some specific methodological issues that arose during the research. Subjective experience is not easily explored, as it is not as transparent as we may like it to be. The case sheds light on the particular challenges – methodological, epistemological, and ethical - in exploring ‘below-surface’-dynamics: The irrational, not-noticed, un-conscious dynamics. The research design largely consists of methods that aim at opening up a path to the unconscious. Particular attention is paid to the use of ‘working-notes’ and drawings.
    Publikationsdato3 jan. 2015
    StatusUdgivet - 3 jan. 2015

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