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The Social Engagement of Social Science, a Tavistock Anthology, Volume 3

The Social Engagement of Social Science, a Tavistock Anthology, Volume 3

The Socio-Ecological Perspective

Edited by Eric Trist and Hugh Murray

Consultant editor Beulah Trist

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

736 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9780812281941
  • Published: January 1997

£64.00

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World War II brought together a group of psychiatrists and clinical and social psychologists in the British Army who developed a number of radical, action-oriented organizational innovations in social psychiatry. They became known as the "Tavistock Group," since the core members had been at the pre-war Tavistock Clinic. At the post-war Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, they developed a pioneering mode of relating theory and practice, called in these volumes "The Social Engagement of Social Science." Previous volumes presented two of three interdependent perspectives: the socio-psychological (Volume I, 1990) and the socio-technical (Volume II, 1993). The latest volume, on the socio-ecological perspective, completes the set.

The socio-ecological perspective is concerned with the coevolution of systems and their environments. It considers the broader environment which shapes not only the task environments of socio-technical organizations but the institutional and cultural environment that confronts the individual.

Volume III focuses on nonhierarchical forms of organization facilitating inter-organizational relations in complex and rapidly changing environments. This perspective provides a guide to institution building for the future.