Articles

Organizations as Optical Illusions: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Consultation (2005)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"A look at a clinically oriented consultation"

This article addresses the subject of clinically oriented consultation in the workplace, offering an example of an intervention to illustrate the limitations of more traditional, rational forms of organisational consultation. It is suggested in these pages that unconscious intrapersonal, interpersonal and group-related dynamics have a serious impact on many decisions and policies in organisational life. The main parameters of the clinical paradigm are also reviewed in this article as well as the role of the clinically oriented consultant, with attention given to the impact of transferential and counter-transferential processes in the client-consultant interface.

Organizational Dynamics, 2005

Read more

Go back


Related content

"Unconscious dynamics and impact on organisational life"

Organizations on the Couch: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Dynamics

In this article the argument is made that unconscious dynamics have a significant impact on life in organisations.

Published on 1 Apr, 2004

Organizational Paradoxes: Clinical Approaches to Management

Organizational Paradoxes: Clinical Approaches to Management

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

Organizations on the Couch, Perspectives on Organizational Behavior and Change

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.

Published on 19 Nov, 1991

"Applying a psycho- dynamic lens to org studies"

Sociology of Leadership in Organizations

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

"Overview of the psycho- dynamic approach to leadership study"

Psychodynamic Approach

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

The Leader on the Couch

The Leader on the Couch

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

"Psycho- dynamic issues in leadership studies"

Psychodynamic Issues in Organizational Leadership

This chapter reviews psychodynamic issues in leadership theory, leadership in organisations, and leadership development.

Published on 1 Apr, 2013

Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane: Essays on Irrational Organizations and Their Leaders

Life and Death in the Executive Fast Lane: Essays on Irrational Organizations and Their Leaders

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.

 

Published on 16 Aug, 1995

"Unraveling the processes of change"

Transforming the Mind-set of the Organization: A Clinical Perspective

In this paper, the processes of individual and organisational change—their characteristics and dynamics—are explored, and resemblances between personal and organizational change are highlighted.

Published on 1 Jan, 1999

Handbook of Character Studies: Psychoanalytic Explorations

Handbook of Character Studies: Psychoanalytic Explorations

This book provides a comprehensive review of the state of knowledge in the field of psychoanalytic character studies.

Published on 13 Nov, 1991