Organizations on the Couch: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational Dynamics (2004)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Unconscious dynamics and impact on organisational life"

In this article the argument is made that unconscious dynamics have a significant impact on life in organizations. In support of that argument, the salient aspects of the clinical paradigm are introduced, motivational need systems are explored, and observations are made about the role of core conflictual relationship themes in understanding behavior. Five ideal types of such organizations are identified: the dramatic/cyclothymic, suspicious, compulsive, detached and depressive organizations. Subsequently, the benefits of the clinical approach to organizational consultation and intervention are explored. Finally, a plea is made for the creation of authentizotic organisations—organisations in which people feel truly alive.

European Management Journal, 2004

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