Rhetoric of Game: Utilizing the Game of Tavistock Method on Organizational Politics Training

Rhetoric of Game: Utilizing the Game of Tavistock Method on Organizational Politics Training

Ben Tran (Alliant International University, USA)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 30
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6206-3.ch008


The Tavistock method, commonly known as group relations, was originated from the work of British psychoanalyst Wilfred Ruprecht Bion. The Tavistock method's basic premise is that an aggregate cluster of persons becomes a group when interaction between members occurs. Within a group, there is organizational politics, and there are two features of organizational politic that should be considered when investigating its relationships with employee attitudes and behaviors. First, perceptions are more important than reality. Second, organizational politics may be interpreted as either beneficial or detrimental to an individual's well-being. Thus, organizational politics perceptions may result in differing responses to organizational policies and practices depending on whether politics are viewed as an opportunity or as a threat. How well one survives within an organization is correlated with how well one navigates these organizational politics. The Tavistock method is utilized as a game to assess and train individuals on organizational politics.
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Game Theory

Game theory is the formal study of conflict and cooperation, and the game theoretic concepts apply whenever the actions of several agents are interdependent (Varoufakis, 2001). These agents may be individuals, groups, firms, or any combination of these. The concepts of game theory provide a language to formulate structure, analyze, and understand strategic scenarios. In other words, a gamer refers to an interactive situation involving two or more players making strategic decisions. Game theory is a branch of applied mathematics concerning optimal or purposeful behavior in different types of situations involving strategy and rational decision.

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