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New Theory and Practice of Transactional Analysis in Organizations
On the Edge

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ISBN 9781032002965
September 9, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
216 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This innovative book presents state-of-the-art thinking on using transactional analysis to change the structure, relationships and culture in organisations.

The book is arranged according to the three levels of organizations described by Dr Eric Berne—the structural, interpersonal and psychodynamic levels—and the chapters expand on his concepts at each level. With contributions by an international range of authors, incorporating a selection of practical case studies, the book illuminates key themes including group and team dynamics, psychological safety, emotion, and most foundationally, boundaries.

Exploring the tensions of boundaries that can determine both the stability of a system as well as its innovative potential, this book provides a strong structural framework for TA coaches, consultants and analysts, as well as other professionals working with and within organizations.

Table of Contents

1: Editors introduction / Sari van Poelje & Anne de Graaf; 2: Three levels of leadership / Sari van Poelje; 3: Leading self-organising teams: a paradox or a necessity? / Kathrin Rutz; 4: Learning practices at work: A case for cognitive apprenticeship / Mandy Lacy; 5: Adapting leadership power to its purpose / Corinne Laurier; 6: Force fields in organisations: a new perspective on intervening in Groups, Systems and Organisations / Jacques Moreau; 7: Managing boundary dynamics / Patrice Fosset; 8: Leading through people - managing vulnerability in working relationships / Graeme Summers; 9: Managing fear and anxiety / Anne de Graaf; 10: Organisational cultures and change interventions / Ugo De Ambrogio; 11: Berne’s organizational theory applied to the prevention of psychosocial risks: A European phenomenon / Marleine Mazouz; 12: Transactional Analysis: A passport for the next decades / Rosa R. Krausz

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 Sari van Poelje, TSTA-O, MSc team coaching, is an international team coach and expert on agility and innovation. Sari has been the director of Intact Academy for 35 years, training coaches and consultants all over the world. She works as a consultant in Team Agility with multinationals, family businesses and startups to help them innovate their business more quickly than their products, so that they can accelerate their time to market. Sari has 33 years’ experience of coaching and consulting with managers and directors and has been a director in multinationals for 23 years. She is a licensed teaching and supervising transactional analyst, PCM trainer, NOBCO-EMCC accredited master coach, master systemic team coach. She has published numerous articles and books on leadership, coaching and organizational change. Sari can be reached via [email protected]

Anne de Graaf, MA, is TSTA in the field of Management & Organisational Development and CTA in the field of Psychotherapy. For over 30 years Anne was consultant, trainer and coach to a large amount of companies and organisations, using TA, Group Relations and System Theory. He is co-author (together with Klaas Kunst) of the successful TA book about leadership ‘Einstein and the Art of Sailing’ and co-editor (together with Bill Cornell, Trudi Newton and Moniek Thunnissen) of the comprehensive introduction to TA, called ‘Into TA’. Anne has published several articles on organisational TA topics in the TAJ and other magazines. For ten years he was general director of the Dutch TA academie. Currently he is the owner of RondHeel, consultancy and training. He is a lecturer at the MSc Organisational TA program at the Berne Institute in the UK. You can reach him via [email protected]


As On the edge is a book focused on innovation of organizational TA, we also asked a newer TA organisational generation from different countries to write a sentence or two why this book is important for TA and for the organizational field. 

An impressive synergy of thought leaders in the field of TA in organizations that inspire us to innovate our approach to organizations, leaders and teams.

Danijela Djuric, Growth Code Consultant

In the 60', Berne geniously connected the individual and the collective dimension inside a single theorical approach. If human beings barely changed since then, organiszations have transformed very deeply. This wonderful book pushes "BOT" towards the 21st century. BRAVO!

Olivier BETTACH, Executive coach and method actor, Paris, France. 

"The book opens your eyes on the resources of agile organizations which are able to use a "negative ability", the ability to "be" (and not to "do") in uncertainty, remaining impassive, facing absence or loss of meaning, without wanting at all costs and quickly to reach results and certainties".

Rossella Iannucci, Head of Internal Coaching Academy Intesa Sanpaolo Group


It's been said many times that organisations are heading into crisis over and over again.The research into how Transactional Analysis can help leaders make practical choices is growing: this book is at the cutting edge and is a must read for anyone that's serious about effective leadership through volatile times.

Andrew Tailby MA

Chief Executive Officer 


The authors are highly experienced Organisational TA Professionals. What they don’t know about working on the edge with teams and organisations is probably not worth knowing. When reading this book, you will be immersed by its wealth and blend of knowledge, wisdom, theory, and practical application. A must have for all coaches, managers and consultants ready to take risks in order to promote the wellbeing, growth and development of organisations and teams. No Risk, No Result!

Anjana Rajani

Trainer/Coach @Power2Progress

‘On the Edge’ is an important, contemporary collection of chapters that - contrary to its title – is placing TA contribution at the heart of OD practice. Coming out for publication in the midst of one of the most turbulent periods of recent times, it will offer some stability in its sense-making of organizational and development practice which we all need.’

Dr. Eliat Aram, CEO, The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, London, UK