The intergroup and institutional events:

An overview of designs, foci, structures, and functions

Stan De Loach, Ph.D.


Boundary agent = general term for a boundary manager, consultant to the member-staff boundary, or staff consultant who legitimately functions regularly or periodically on a group's intergroup boundary

Boundary consultant = see consultant to the member-staff boundary

Boundary manager = a person negotiating at his or her group's physical boundary with representatives from other groups; also referred to as boundary person or boundary representative; subsumed under boundary agent

Boundary person = see boundary manager

Consultant to the member-staff boundary = a staff member monitoring the qualities of the boundary between members and staff as they are manifest in task endeavors during the intergroup event; also referred to as boundary consultant; subsumed under boundary agent

Delegate = a person who has received authorization from her or his reference group solely to deliver messages and/or to receive messages or responses from other groups, or to observe

Group = a collection of two or more individuals engaged in a conscious or unconscious, rational or irrational task

Intergroup consultant = a staff member assigned to consult to multi-group meetings held in a space reserved for that purpose

Members = collective term for all intergroup event participants who are not staff members; also referred to as the membership

Membership = see members

Observer = a person who has received authorization from his or her reference group to be a silent observer of other groups

Participants = collective term for all persons, members and staff, engaged in an intergroup event

Plenipotentiary = a person with full authorization from her or his group to solicit, negotiate, and make agreements, commitments, and engagements with other groups, as well as to deliver messages and receive replies or messages, or simply to silently observe other groups ad libidum

Sector = a group or a collection of individuals, whether purely members, purely staff persons, or a mixture of members and staff, that represents or expresses an element, dynamic, or conflict germane to the functioning of the entire system of which it is a part

Space = a fixed physical location helpful in the development and survival of groups and sectors

Staff = collective term for all intergroup participants who are not members; also referred to as staff collective, staff group, staff members, and staff persons; in more recent forms of the institutional system event (ISE),  staff members take up or are assigned to either the manager role or the consultant role during this entirely public event

Staff collective = see staff

Staff consultant = consulting staff member available to work with individual member-formed groups during the intergroup event

Staff group = see staff

Staff member = see staff

Staff person = see staff

Supervising boundary consultant = member of staff appointed to oversee, on the staff room's physical boundary, the staff boundary manager's decisions or alone to make decisions regarding the entry of delegate and plenipotentiary member representatives seeking verbal interaction with the staff

History and parameters of the intergroup event
Types of intergroup event
Intergroup and institutional event foci
The director's tasks
Structures: Paradigms for learning
Boundary functionaries
The staff room's boundaries
Recent innovation
The member-staff boundary consultant's entry into members' groups
The learning tasks of intergroup representation and negotiation

Related topic:  Study group consultancy: Elements of the task


1998, 1999, 2006, 2016   Dr. Stan De Loach   All rights reserved.

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