Organizational Membership: Personal Development in the Workplace

Organizational Membership: Personal Development in the Workplace

by Howell S. Baum
     
 
This book tells why people want to feel like members of work organizations, and why doing so is difficult. Using case examples, it presents a psychoanalytic perspective on organizational entry and the process of entry negotiations for workers which sometimes lasts years. Interview material shows how workers try to use organizations to develop and how entire careers

Overview

This book tells why people want to feel like members of work organizations, and why doing so is difficult. Using case examples, it presents a psychoanalytic perspective on organizational entry and the process of entry negotiations for workers which sometimes lasts years. Interview material shows how workers try to use organizations to develop and how entire careers reflect satisfaction or disappointment with initial organizational experiences.

Baum presents a useful framework for interpreting organizational behavior in terms of workers’ efforts to develop. He shows how developmental expectations must be met before workers can identify with organizational goals or feel close to colleagues, and how worker motivation is possible only in organizations that meet individuals’ growth needs.

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“This is an innovative integration of psychoanalytic theory, sociology of organizations, and consultation that goes beyond sociology, psychoanalysis, industrial psychology and career studies to undergird all of them with a more complex and sophisticated conceptualization focused on career choice and career development. Not many ‘how to’ books offer a solid theoretical base; not many theoretical books offer modes of ready application. This book does both in an eminently readable way.” — Harry Levinson, Levinson Institute and Harvard University Medical School
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Baum (U. of Maryland Institute for Urban Studies) presents a framework for interpreting organizational behavior in terms of workers' efforts to develop. Using case examples, he presents a psychoanalytic perspective on organizational entry, and shows how entire careers reflect satisfaction or disappointment with the initial organizational experiences. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791403860
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
08/01/1990
Series:
SUNY series in the Sociology of Work and Organizations Series
Pages:
290

Meet the Author

Howell S. Baum is Professor at the University of Maryland’s Institute for Urban Studies.

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