Antonio Sama

Antonio Sama


Antonio Sama has always been interested in the relation between theory and practice and how individuals, groups and communities generate ideas from practice and how practical experiences shape ideas.

A verse of an Italian song says ‘If I can eat an idea I have done my revolution‘, the nurturing relation between ideal and real has always intrigued Antonio’s intellectual curiosity.

After graduating from the Tavistock Institute AOC programme and years of integrating organisational consultancy for value led organisations and academic roles in a variety of settings both in Italy and the UK Antonio joined the Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University with a role as Knowledge Exchange Support Lead in 2013. Currently, he is a Senior Lecturer with academic responsibility in learning, teaching,  research and knowledge exchange.

Antonio’s research, academic and professional interests include the role of system psychodynamics in Higher Education, cross-boundary collaborations and whole system change processes in the third sector and community systems, complexity theories and action research applied to organisational and community systems. He is a member of the Business School Public and Third Sector R&KE Group.

In Antonio’s role in the Business School, he is currently involved in exploring potential areas of collaboration between the Business School and the Tavistock Institute. This includes contributions by colleagues from the Tavistock Institute to an MBA in Healthcare and Education, participation in the R&KE Seminar series and his secondment to the Tavistock Institute Archive project.

Antonio has organised and has been part of organising committees for local, national and international conferences and seminars. He regularly presents his research interests at national and international conferences.

Selected publications include:

  • Foresti, G., Sama, A. (2014) Il listening post in Quaglino G. (ed.), Formazione. I metodi, Milano, Raffaello Cortina.
  • Standing, M., Sama, A. (2010) ‘Lifelong learning in judgement and decision-making?’ in Standing, M. (ed. ) Clinical Judgement & Decision Making for Nurses & Midwives, Maidenhead, Open University (McGraw-Hill International).
  • Sama, A. (2010) ‘The use of history in organisational consultancy’, in Whittle, S. and Izod, K Mind-ful Consulting, London , Karnac.
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