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An overview is presented of some basic psychoanalytic insights into organisations that collectively reinforce the reasons why management studies should concern itself with psychoanalysis. The paper highlights the different psychoanalytically informed approaches that have been adopted thus far in...
This article presents a psychoanalytically informed diagnosis of top management team (TMT) dysfunction during TMT training in a public sector organization. Outdoor management development exercises and the psychodynamics of family groups increased the psychological depth of a training...
Introduces Freud's discovery of an active unconscious as at the heart of many psychodynamic processes. Also introduces the papers in this special issue.
In reviewing their service offering, organisations may decide standardised services need to be more flexible whilst exclusive or customised services need to adopt a more consistent house style. In this paper, the emotional challenge to the service providers is identified as a key issue in...
Four psychoanalytic consultants, each utilizing one the most prevalent theoretical orientations used in the field of psychoanalytic consulting are asked to explain why a consultation succeeded. Using differing theories the four psychoanalysts reach the same conclusion. They conclude the...
By the very nature of its concerns (i.e. a search for deep-seated meanings within our understandings of organizations and the people who enact them), psychoanalysis has much to offer management practice in the twenty-first century. We contend that, given its focus, the growing concerns with the...
It has been suggested that localised attempts at change may fail because of organisational defences that are sustained through bureaucratic systems. Mental health workers face specific threats arising from the nature and context of their work. The resulting anxieties lead to defensiveness in the...
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