Frances (Fiddy) Abraham has been a consultant to organisations for over thirty years and a founder member of the Tavistock Institute evaluation unit in the 1990s.
Fiddy joined the Tavistock Institute in 1976 and has delivered assignments in consultancy, action research and formative evaluation, having begun with an action research programme in a merchant fleet, supporting the development of communities on board ships and the re-organisation of back-office functions. As a specialist in designing and delivering educational events, she has regularly drawn on this expertise to teach to Masters Level in organisation related courses, as well as for the Tavistock Institute own programmes.
She has worked out of a broad range of social science approaches, using discourse analysis, conversational enquiry and narratives. This builds on her original discipline of political science and traditional Tavistock Institute approaches such as socio-technical systems thinking and the psychodynamics of systems.
Fiddy continues to support the Tavistock Institute professional development work through serving as moderator of assignments on our various programmes and contributing from her wisdom and experience to the body of knowledge and narration of the Tavistock Institute history.
Community Development and Organisational Change: Large scale industrial action research in the 1970s: Elliot Stern and Fiddy Abraham
Abraham, F. (2013). ‘The Tavistock Group’. In The Oxford Handbook of Management Theorists, eds. Morgen Witzel and Malcolm Warner, Oxford: Oxford University Press.