Facilitating Empowerment

Journal of European Industrial Training

ISSN: 0309-0590

Article publication date: 1 November 2000



(2000), "Facilitating Empowerment", Journal of European Industrial Training, Vol. 24 No. 8. https://doi.org/10.1108/jeit.2000.00324hae.002



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Facilitating Empowerment

Facilitating Empowerment

Christine HoganKogan Page2000ISBN 0 7494 3296 9hardback, £45.00ISBN 0 7494 3297 7paperback, £19.99

Keyword: Empowerment

This book is a result of author Christine Hogan's frustration at the way she saw power being used and abused in organisations and she decided to do something about it. It is a thought-provoking and well-researched collection of proven techniques and exercises designed to enable adult learners to analyse their past experiences, change accepted definitions of power and empowerment, and develop strategies to address problems and projects in a more empowered way.

The seed of the book was a workshop held at the Organizational Behaviour Teaching Conference at the University of Western Washington in 1992 which developed into numerous similar workshops which have been used by an enormous variety of groups including managers and their teams in Canada, USA and the UK, Aboriginal groups, health workers, Muslim businesswomen in Malaysia, postgraduate students and Danish and Nepalese development workers in Kathmandu. Case studies of many of these are included in the book.

Facilitators, trainers and individuals are encouraged to adopt and adapt the range of tools in Facilitating Empowerment including:

  • card sorts;

  • stories and myths;

  • exercises to practise new skills;

  • film analysis; and

  • the author's personal experiences.

The book also includes a sample empowerment workshop framework, complete with instructions for workshop participants.