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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Lisl Klein in conversation with Derek Raffaelli (Video)

For over fifty years, Lisl Klein has been passionately engaged in putting social science into practice in the workplace. A researcher who became in-house social scientist at Esso Petroleum, then for 19 years at the Tavistock Institute and now at the Bayswater Institute, London, which she founded. Dr Klein has combined socio-technical and systems psychodynamic approaches to the task of making sense of, and improving the workplace. A long-time collaborator with Harold Bridger, she has pursued double task methodology in this endeavour: exploring how systems affect people and how the psychodynamics affect the organisation. Never either/or, always both/and. She has written this work up in six excellent books and in many published papers. For those familiar with her outstanding contribution, this video represents a stimulating overview of her professional life and work and current preoccupations. For those new to her work, it will be a fascinating introduction to a major contributor to our field.

Members-only video (part 1 and part 2)