The spatial psychodynamics of management learning


Vince, R., 2011. The spatial psychodynamics of management learning. Management Learning, 42 (3), pp. 333-347.

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    This article addresses the question: how can we help managers to understand the emotional and political dynamics that surround and permeate their managerial roles? A conceptual framework is presented that is based on the integration of literature on space with literature that has taken a psychodynamic approach to management learning. The term spatial psychodynamics describes the way in which juxtapositions of material, relative and relational space in the management classroom can reveal dynamics that help managers to perceive the emotions and politics that are part of their roles. Three characteristics of spatial psychodynamics are presented: unconscious dynamics and the interpretation of learning space, the political effects of fantasy in learning space, and how juxtapositions of space create distinctiveness of place. An example is discussed in order to illustrate how this concept can improve our ability to engage with emotional and political dynamics in the management classroom.


    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsVince, R.
    Uncontrolled Keywordsfantasy,spatial psychodynamics,psychodynamic,learning space,emotions and politics
    DepartmentsSchool of Management
    ID Code24860


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