On whose authority? - exploring leadership in contemporary organisation, Geneva group relations conference 2020

Conference overview

A Group Relations Conference in Geneva

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Date: 15 to 17 May 2020

Address: Centre de Formation & Compétences HUG, Bâtiment les Grands-Bois, Ch. 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 sta 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. 

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 15 May 10.00-19.00 (with registration from 09.45)

Saturday 16 May 09.00-19.00 

Sunday 17 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 more information or to book the full french booking site:



If you have any queries about membership of the conference or the Training Group contact Rémy Barbe on remy.barbe@hcuge.ch 

15 May 2020 09:45 to 17 May 2020 15:30

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