"Paradigm shift and Manfred Kets de Vries"
Manfred Kets de Vries has bought a unique form of humanistic and scientific thinking to the forces of organizational change. Early in his career, Prof. Kets de Vries argued that in order to survive and change, people in organizations must uncover and deal with human dynamics such as the anxiety or resistance of individuals, combined with such organizational forces as cultural code, embedded response patterns and unhealthy adaptations to external pressures. Fast forward to a new century, and we see that thanks to Kets de Vries' contribution, we have experienced a paradigm shift. This article looks what makes Manfred Kets de Vries “tick?” What “red threads” run through his life? How has his way of thinking contributed to the world? To explore these questions we will use one of his own methodologies and put him, metaphorically, on the psychoanalyst’s couch.
Enduring Thoughts of the Thinkers of Organizational Change, 2017