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Organizations on the Couch, Perspectives on Organizational Behavior and Change (1991)

Manfred Kets de Vries

Organizations on the Couch, Perspectives on Organizational Behavior and Change

This book introduces the work of a number of leading scholars interested in the clinical approach to organisational analysis. The book will help the human resource management professional to design organisations that work and to introduce more realistic organisational systems and structures. For the student of management, the book provides a deeper understanding of human motivation and action within organisations. It helps in identifying the paradoxical rationale behind irrational behaviour, and consequently furthers the development of more realistic models of organisational functioning.

The author suggests ways in which management consultants can improve their handling of organisational diagnosis, intervention, and change processes and shows how mental health professionals, such as industrial and organisational psychologists, organizational sociologists, industrial social workers, occupational psychiatrists, and clinical organizational psychologists can assist their clients in diffusing irrational behavior and stress in organizations.vFinally, this book will help the enlightened business practitioner who wants to deepen his or her understanding of organizational decision-making, culture, leadership style, organizational stress, and the general individual-organization interface.

Also Available in:

  • Dutch as "Organisaties op de divan". Published by Scriptum Books.
  • Japanese publication forthcoming by Kameda Book Service.

Jossey-Bass, 1991

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