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Abstract

Psychodynamics of a group play an important part in the success or failure of projects and therefore understanding and management of feelings in a group is essential to effective management and leadership. Ganges was an ambitious and creative project that involved a group of individuals with shared interests. The project duration was more than six months and the project was akin to a temporary organization where responsibilities were taken and a sequence of activities performed by different individuals. It was organized by Bharathidasan Institute of Management Alumni Association, however several non-alumni also joined the project finding interest and joy in the effort and the purpose. This paper explores feelings of seven individuals involved in the project. It elucidates how their feelings towards one another and towards the organization facilitated or hindered attainment of its objectives. It also suggests how feelings affected them in their articulated professional roles and impacted their deeply felt identities. This case study is the result of an intense exploration of feelings by every individual and as communicated to the author in a series of long and searching interviews. It may be used by teachers of organizational behaviour and HR to acknowledge the overarching role played by feelings in managing organizations.
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INR0.16 million
Other setting(s):
April to October 2006

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Abstract

Psychodynamics of a group play an important part in the success or failure of projects and therefore understanding and management of feelings in a group is essential to effective management and leadership. Ganges was an ambitious and creative project that involved a group of individuals with shared interests. The project duration was more than six months and the project was akin to a temporary organization where responsibilities were taken and a sequence of activities performed by different individuals. It was organized by Bharathidasan Institute of Management Alumni Association, however several non-alumni also joined the project finding interest and joy in the effort and the purpose. This paper explores feelings of seven individuals involved in the project. It elucidates how their feelings towards one another and towards the organization facilitated or hindered attainment of its objectives. It also suggests how feelings affected them in their articulated professional roles and impacted their deeply felt identities. This case study is the result of an intense exploration of feelings by every individual and as communicated to the author in a series of long and searching interviews. It may be used by teachers of organizational behaviour and HR to acknowledge the overarching role played by feelings in managing organizations.

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Industry:
Size:
INR0.16 million
Other setting(s):
April to October 2006

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