In this paper we seek to contribute to the extensive literature utilising Bion’s theory of group functioning by employing a more developed treatment of the work-group than is commonly employed. Whilst we continue to recognise the value of an understanding of basic-assumption mentality in an appreciation of group functioning, it is our contention that the focus on this alone, without comparable attention to work-group mentality, can lead to an inappropriately negative view of group process than and, indeed, that is contrary to Bion’s essential optimism about the powerful psychological structure of work-group mentality. Illustrated by reference to events over a two-month period on a management development programme we discuss how the desire for knowledge and the pursuit of truth may lead to creative development within the work-group.
Simpson, P., French, R., & Sheffield, R. (2009, July). Creative development in Bion’s work group: The desire for knowledge and the pursuit of truth. Paper presented at 25th EGOS Colloquium