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Group Relations China was founded in 2017 by Yujia Zhang and Han Liu, both of whom have extensive experience of theoretical and practical learning regarding group processes and group relations learning, and have been aided, encouraged and assisted‎ by Professor Lionel STAPLEY PhD.


The overall purpose of Group Relations China is to develop and provide high quality Group Relations learning, by Chinese consultants, for Chinese managers and leaders in all fields.


Group Relations Learning Programme

-  ‘Making the Difference’ Group Relations Conference (4 days)

To date, four, two in Shanghai and two in Beijing, attended by more than a hundred people;

Upcoming event, Jun 25 – 28, 2020, Beijing; now open for bookings.


-  ‘Learning About Small Group Processes’ Workshop (1 day)

To date, ten workshops in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong; attended by about a hundred people.

Others currently being planned for in-house and public participants.


-  ‘Advanced Training in Small Group Processes’ Workshop (3 days)

To date, one Advanced Training in Shanghai.

Upcoming event, Apr 24-26, 2020, Beijing.


Parallel Learning Programme

-  Book Seminars

“Managing Emotions in Decision-Making” based on ‘Individuals, Groups and Organisations Beneath the Surface’, author Dr. Lionel Stapley.   

The purpose of these Seminars is to provide opportunities for members to explore and gain an understanding of the way that emotions affect our decision - making; The way that emotions that are occurring ‘beneath the surface’ can lead to seemingly irrational activity; and, the way that this can have an effect on relationships and organizational dynamics. This event is highly valuable to managers and leaders in all fields.


-  Lectures and Workshops

These events are intended for managers and leaders in all fields. They are related to psychodynamic aspects of managing and leading in organisations.


Prof. Lionel Stapley: ’Developing Trust: Obstacles and Understanding’ (Jul 2019, Beijing)


Upcoming Lecture:

Prof. Lionel Stapley:  ‘Creativity: The Psychological, Social and Political Risks’ (Apr 2020, Beijing) 

Prof. Lionel Stapley:  ‘Managing and Implementing Major Change’ (Jun 2020, Beijing)


-  Consultancy Workshops

‘Leadership, Organization and Delegation’

Dec 2019 Boluoyuan Philanthropy Institute, Kunshan City


-  Tailor-made consultancy available to organisations.


Those who are interested in any of the above events please feel free to contact:


Staff Development


We now have twelve high-quality consultants who have all gone through a demanding development process. All are engaged in a Continuous Professional Development Programme which will continue over the years, extending their competence to all aspects of Group Relations learning.


Structure of Staff Progression


(1)  Attendance at least two Group Relations China Group Relations Conferences.
(2)  Attendance at the Advanced Training in Small Group Processes Workshop in London or Beijing.
(3)  Invitation by the Director to take up role of Training Consultant, learning from a Small Study Group
   Consultant in a GR Conference.
(4)  Invitation by the Director to take up an SSG Consultant role.
(5)  Development of sufficient number of SSG Consultant to become LSG Consultants.
(6)  Development of a number of skillful LSG consultants to become Deputy Directors and Directors of GR 
       China GR Conferences.


Continuous Professional Development (CPD)


If we are to develop a high-quality Group Relations Learning Programme, it will be appreciated that continuous staff development is important.


In Conference Development:

Group Relations events are learning events for all staff as well as members. All consultants work with more senior consultants in one-on-one CPD meetings, where they can further their understanding of the Group Relations learning and consultant role.


Annual CPD workshop: 

The purpose of this event is to ensure that Group Relations China is continuing to achieve its aim of providing high quality Group Relations learning for Chinese people.

This event is open to all Group Relations China consultants. The annual CPD workshops are facilitated by Lionel Stapley and Yujia Zhang, who identify and provide opportunities for understanding various vital aspects of taking up the consultant role.


Ongoing Development of New Staff

To meet our growing needs, we will continually seek to develop new staff. Anyone interested in any or all development activities of Group Relations China is encouraged to contact us for a discussion of our mutual interests.