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≪Organizer Abstract≫
In organisations and society, diversity phenomena are more prevalent due to democratisation and human rights movements. Managing and embracing diversity involves the improvement of relationships in different contexts - these relationships become more complex when impacted by diversity dimensions, such as race, gender, sexuality, culture and generation. Mere application of rational, cognitive approaches often fails because of an inadequate understanding of diversity and its unconscious behavioural dynamics. In the quest to attain a deeper understanding of diversity dynamics, the systems psychodynamic perspective offers the possibility of attaining deeper learning and understanding of diversity and contextual dynamics. The systems psychodynamic perspective refers to open systems concepts and psychodynamic perspectives and incorporates contributions from psychoanalysis, object relations, group relations and systems theory to form its conceptual frame. A discussion of application of the systems psychodynamic perspective in research and consultation and transforming behaviour in the workplace and society, will follow the presentations.
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