University of Hertfordshire

Solution Focused Approaches in Management

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  • Mark McKergow
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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolution-Focused Brief Therapy
Subtitle of host publicationA Handbook of Evidence-Based Practice
EditorsCynthia Franklin, Terry Trepper, Eric McCollum, Wallace Gingerich
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages327-341
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780195385724
Publication statusPublished - 8 Sep 2011

Abstract

One feature of the spread of solution-focused (SF) approaches over the past 15 years has been the many applications found in the area of management and organizational change. In many ways, this is not a surprising development; the pragmatic and effective nature of the approach matches the desire for efficient ways to make progress found in most organizations. From the time of early experiments in the mid-1990s, the SF approach has become increasingly influential.
This book is mainly concerned with research results. While controlled studies are possible in the field of therapy, applications in the organizational sphere are much more often carried out on an ad hoc basis; the main concern is to make progress, and whatever helps to do this is welcomed. There is far less emphasis on recording, writing up, and publishing accounts of the work.
This chapter is not, therefore, an account of a research study. It is a collection of what has been recorded and documented thus far. We can safely assume that the impact of SF approaches on management is even more widespread than anyone currently knows

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