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Managers Can Drive Their Subordinates Mad (1979)

Manfred Kets de Vries

"Eccentric organisational behaviour and folie à deux"

Execessive dependency on another is a state one usually grows out of, but when the dependency is mutual and reality seems to support it, breaking away may be impossible. In some business organisations, the conditions for unhealthy dependency needs to be gratified also can occur with disastrous effects for the parties involved and for the organisations. This article describes the phenomenon called folie à deux—and how what we often term eccentric behaviour patterns of people in organisations might be better understood in that context.

Harvard Business Review, 1979

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