Give me the answer: the paradox of dependency in management learning

Gosling, Jonathan, and Case, Peter (2013) Give me the answer: the paradox of dependency in management learning. e-Organisations and People, 20 (3). pp. 57-64.

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The paradox of dependency arises when learners must become dependent in order to enhance independence. This double bind often excites demands for ‘quick fixes’ to reassure both students and staff that the dependent relationship can be fruitful. But this attempt to resolve rather than hold the paradox can be counterproductive. We present a structured seven-stage process illustrated by reference to an established executive programme. Our account is informed by psychodynamic concepts of containment, anxiety, individuation, role and task; we conclude with recommendations for management developers more widely.

Item ID: 38052
Item Type: Article (Scholarly Work)
ISSN: 2042–9797
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2018 01:28
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