The Role of Facilitation in Praxis

Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 83-95, 2006

27 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2008 Last revised: 5 Dec 2012

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Joseph A. Raelin

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business

Date Written: December 6, 2008

Abstract

The application of facilitation in organizational life has become so popular that it has been co-opted in some quarters as a basis for defining the managerial role. Although it has attributes that can be applied to human interactions across and within organizations, its practice is delimited within group settings as assisting members to accomplish their goals through a focus on process rather than on content. Within the world of praxis, which focuses on settings in which there is an explicit attempt to learn from reflection on action, facilitation is further defined as embodying a reflective practice that is concurrent with and critical of experience. In this article, facilitation will be characterized as a means of bringing out learning for both self and others within team settings. The account will review some of the explicit skills and interventions that facilitators need to deploy when the focus of attention is on praxis rather than on task accomplishment.

Keywords: Facilitation, dialogue, praxis, learning, action learning, action science, intervention

JEL Classification: M53, M10, M12

Suggested Citation

Raelin, Joseph A., The Role of Facilitation in Praxis (December 6, 2008). Organizational Dynamics, Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 83-95, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1312382

Joseph A. Raelin (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - D’Amore-McKim School of Business ( email )

360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.damore-mckim.northeastern.edu/faculty/r/raelin-joseph

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