Chapter 17: X-Ray Vision: a research tool for uncovering system psychodynamics to advance organization change
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This chapter addresses the need for researchers to understand what is beneath the factors typically focused on when studying organization change. Theoretically grounded in systems psychodynamics, the X-Ray Vision Model is a tool for researchers to study organizational change as it provides a framework for making sense of unconscious dynamics that influence individuals, groups, and systems. By linking rational and overt actions to irrational and covert dynamics, organization change researchers have an opportunity to develop a more comprehensive diagnosis and a more informed plan to advance organization change than those informed solely by rational theories of human behavior. In the context of a case study in which X-Ray Vision served as one of the primary tools for the research, a step-by-step description with guiding principles provides the reader with a user’s manual for the tool.

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