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The politics of facilitation

Phil Kirk (PPrincipal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.)
Mike Broussine (Principal Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour at Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK.)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

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Abstract

Reflects on the impact of politics on facilitation. The aim of facilitation is to establish and maintain an environment in which learning is created. Central to this aim is the need to work with power relations between organisations, groups and facilitators. Facilitation may be thought of as a part of the political dynamics at play in systems. Discusses three propositions: that organisations are political, facilitation is political and facilitators are political. Proposes a framework showing four positions of awareness about the politics of facilitation. Offers the framework to those who wish to learn more about being a facilitator, and to those who wish to teach others about facilitation. Aims to add to understanding about how facilitators may act more confidently, authoritatively and ethically in the complex, dynamic and unpredictable role of facilitator.

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Citation

Kirk, P. and Broussine, M. (2000), "The politics of facilitation", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 13-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/13665620010309756

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