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Some Thoughts on Helping Inconsolable Organizations to Heal

Howard F. Stein

This paper explores how an applied anthropologist might consult with traumatized organizations that have undergone and/or are undergoing downsizing, reengineering, restructuring, and other forms of “managed social change.” The author proposes a distinction between organizational healing by “splitting” and organizational healing by “integration.” Healing by integration is made possible by acknowledgment of loss and mourning.

The Applied Anthropologist, No. 1, Vol. 29, 2009, pp 22 - 32

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