Psychodynamic-Systemic Approach to Leadership Studies

The psychodynamic-systemic orientation to leadership development initiates an exploration of hidden rationales for emotions, thinking and behaviour that are often related to search for meaning, financial issues or other fears. Our research explores these rationales in detail in order develop a deeper understanding of what lies beneath human and organisational functioning.

"Paradigm shift and Manfred Kets de Vries"

Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries: Playing the Morosoph

Manfred Kets de Vries has bought a unique form of humanistic and scientific thinking to the forces of organizational change. 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, Aug 2017

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"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.

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, Apr 2015

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"Motivating teams with a psycho-dynamic approach"

Chief executives on the couch: Even successful leaders have hang-ups

This blog, published in the Financial Times, reports on a working paper by Manfred Kets de Vries on the Psychodynamic Approach to leadership studies.

FInancial Times, Aug 2014

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"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.

INSEAD Working Paper, Jun 2014

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"Dreams as entry points to executive subconscious"

Dream Journeys: Insights into the Executive Subconscious

This blog entry explores how dreams can be an entry point into an executive's subconscious, revealing his or her fears, wishes and aspirations.

INSEAD Knowledge, May 2014

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"Attachment theory applied in an org context"

The Attachment Imperative: The Kiss of the Hedgehog

This working paper explores the evolution and function of attachment in the context of adult relationships.

INSEAD Working Paper, Apr 2013

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"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.

Wiley, Apr 2013

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"Psycho- dynamic aspects of effective leadership"

Psychodynamic Issues in Organisational Leadership

This working paper explores the psychodynamic aspects of effective leadership.

INSEAD Working Paper, Dec 2011

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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.

Routledge, Feb 2009

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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.

Wiley, Jul 2006

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"A look at a clinically oriented consultation"

Organizations as Optical Illusions: A Clinical Perspective on Organizational 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.

Organizational Dynamics, Nov 2005

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"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.

European Management Journal, Apr 2004

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"A response to the clinical paradigm"

Manfred Kets de Vries Reflections on Organizational Theory: Interview by Erik van de Loo

This article was written in response to The Clinical Paradigm: Manfred Kets de VriesÂ’ Reflections on Organizational Therapy.

European Management Journal, Feb 2000

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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.

 

Jossey-Bass, Aug 1995

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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.

Jossey-Bass, Nov 1991

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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.

International Universities Press, Nov 1991

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Power and the Corporate Mind

Power and the Corporate Mind

This book explores the role of power in organisations.

Houghton Mifflin, Aug 1975

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