This book presents eclectic advice on how things really work in organisations, by combining the dismal science of management and the impossible profession of psychoanalysis. Brief and insightful essays not only decipher problems that are common in organidational life, but they also shed light on some of the underlying dimensions that often go unnoticed. The author makes sense out of specific behaviors, stories, myths, rituals and jokes to help people understand the conflicts, anxieties, defenses and tensions that constantly arise. This book covers everything from leadership through entrepreneurship to families in business, change and downsizing, women as leaders, balancing work and pleasure, and managing acquisitions, using contemporary examples such as Robert Maxwell, Jack Welch, Tom Peters, Robert Coles, and John Gardner.
Received the 1995 - 96 Critics' Choice Award
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This book sets out to change people and organisations for the better, by revealing the ‘dark side’ of leadership behaviour and its impact on performance.
Published on 12 Jul, 2006
This book introduces the work of a number of leading scholars interested in the clinical approach to organisational analysis.
Published on 19 Nov, 1991
This book explores the role of power in organisations.
Published on 1 Aug, 1975
The objective of this book is to develop a theory of organizational functioning as viewed from a clinical perspective. For that purpose psychoanalytic concepts are applied to the study of leadership behavior, organizational stress, work disorders, career, power, and authority.
Published on 27 Feb, 2009
"Overview of the psycho- dynamic approach to leadership study"
This working paper provides an overview of the psychodynamic approach, including historical underminnings, its key concepts, and includes three case studies with which to apply the psychodynamic approach as well as a short self-assessment on leadership archetype.
Published on 19 Jun, 2014
"Applying a psycho- dynamic lens to org studies"
A chapter in International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition on using a psychpdynamic lens to the study of organisational phenomenon.
Published on 24 Apr, 2015
"Dreams as entry points to executive subconscious"
Published on 15 May, 2014
Published on 26 Mar, 2008
"Unconscious dynamics and impact on organisational life"
In this article the argument is made that unconscious dynamics have a significant impact on life in organisations.
Published on 1 Apr, 2004
Struggling with the Demon examines the search for meaning in human activity and highlights the values that foster commitment and involvement and, ultimately, success.
Published on 1 Jan, 2001