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Executive coaching in diversity from a systems psychodynamic perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Cilliers, F.V.N. (Prof.) Motsoaledi, Lerato Susan Pinky 2010-12-13T06:35:46Z 2010-12-13T06:35:46Z 2009-12
dc.identifier.citation Motsoaledi, Lerato Susan Pinky (2009) Executive coaching in diversity from a systems psychodynamic perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract This descriptive research addressed the challenges of working with the conscious and unconscious aspects of diversity in order to enhance insights into covert and deeper diversity dynamics in organisations. The research supported the evolving trend of shifting the systems psychodynamic orientation from the group to the individual context. The general aim was to describe a systems psychodynamic coaching model, and to determine its trustworthiness in assisting executives to work effectively with conscious and unconscious diversity dynamics. Literature was reviewed to provide a theoretical foundation of diversity challenges which executives face in South African organisations. This was augmented by systems psychodynamic literature, which provided a theoretical basis upon which to understand the intrapsychic aspects of the executives and their interplay with systemic dynamics. The empirical study was conducted over ten months to determine the trustworthiness of executive coaching in diversity from a systems psychodynamic perspective. Data was gathered using the organisational role analysis approach, and analysed by means of the systems psychodynamic discourse analysis method. Nine major themes and their related sub-themes were identified, namely, gender, race, ethnicity, authority, disability, language, age, de-authorisation of diversity work, and the coaching process. Through the coaching, the executives gained insights into their intrapsychic environment and the complex, multifaceted and intersecting nature of diversity in their organisations. They were assisted to take up their leadership roles more effectively and to take action on behalf of their organisations. The research hypothesis formulated and the conclusion made was that executive coaching from a systems psychodynamic perspective displays trustworthiness. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (xv, 359 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Systems psychodynamics en
dc.subject Group relations en
dc.subject Object relations en
dc.subject Executive coaching en
dc.subject Leadership en
dc.subject Psychodynamic coaching en
dc.subject.ddc 658.4071244
dc.subject.lcsh Executive coaching -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Diversity in the workplace -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Organizational behavior -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Group identity -- Psychological aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Intercultural communication.
dc.subject.lcsh Psychodynamic psychotherapy -- Philosophy
dc.subject.lcsh Psychodynamic psychotherapy -- Methodology
dc.title Executive coaching in diversity from a systems psychodynamic perspective en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.department Industrial and Organisational Psychology D. Litt. et Phil. (Consulting Psychology)

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