On whose authority? - exploring leadership in contemporary organisations, Geneva group relations conference 2019

Conference overview

A Group Relations Conference in Geneva

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Date: 17 to 19 May 2019

Address: Centre de formation & Compétences. Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève HUG batiment les Grands-Bois, Chemin du Petit-Bel-Air 2. 1226 Thônex’  

In contemporary organisations demands from the wider environment challenge traditional hierarchical structures and cross-functional project systems traverse organisational boundaries. In such contexts complex demands are made of managers and it can be difficult to know on whose authority decisions are made.

This conference is a three-day intensive experiential development programme designed to explore the complexities of contemporary organisational systems and the question ‘on whose authority’ we act.

How can you take up your professional role in such contexts with a stronger sense of freedom and authority? The learning from group relations conferences is relevant to people from any professional background. The conference is designed as a temporary organisational system in which staff and members will explore and seek to learn from organisational behaviour as it happens.

The aim of the conference is to develop a spirit of inquiry into the dynamics of organisational life and one’s own part in these.


  • the impact of others on the self and self on others
  • leadership and followership
  • authority and power
  • delegation and representation
  • lateral and vertical inter-group dynamics
  • the dynamics of sub-groups who share pre-existing relationships. 


This conference also allows for the exploration of communication across different languages as the conference will be bilingual French and English and may include members who only speak one of these languages or who speak one of them much better than the other. 

Conference membership

1          Applications are invited for: Conference membership

No previous experience of Group Relations Conferences is required for taking up the role of member.

2          Conference Training Group membership

A number of Training Group places are available for members who have previously completed at least one Group Relations Conference as a member and who now wish to develop their learning from a different perspective or begin to develop their capacity to work as staff consultants on such Group Relations Conferences. Members of the Training Group will need to have a working knowledge of both English and French and be available from 15.30 until 18.30 for a preparation meeting on the afternoon of Thursday May 16th and for some meetings before and after the published hours for the conference on each of the conference days. 

Conference staff


  • Kay Trainor, Director
  • Rémy Barbe, Associate Director
  • Nora Schneider el Gueddari, Associate Director for Administration

Consultant to the training group Gwen Hanrahan

Other staff consultants to be announced early 2019

Host organization

The conference is organised by le comité de la formation au Travail Groupal Analytique (TGA), Tavistock Consulting, and the Centre de formation & Compétences. Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

Conference timings

Friday 17th May 10.00-19.00 (with registration from 09.45) 

Saturday 18th May 09.00-19.00

Sunday 20th May 09.00-15.30 (with farewell drinks at 15.30) 


Centre Recrutement, parcours, compétences & formation
des HUG, bâtiment les Grands-Bois
Chemin du Petit Bel-Air 2,  1226 Thônex’ 


The price of attendance (non-residential) is:

Members: CHF 960.–
Training Group Members: CHF 1120.– 

Pre-conference administration

For a booking form either to be a member or to join the conference Training Group, please contact Nora Schneider el Gueddari on nosg@hcuge.ch

Full fee payable to reserve a place.

Cancellation charges:
Less than 2 weeks in advance of the first day: 100% Between 2 and 8 weeks in advance of the first day: 50% Over 8 weeks 25%  


If you have any queries about membership of the conference or the Training Group contact nosg@hcuge.ch

17 May 2019 09:45 to 19 May 2019 15:30

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