Psychoanalytic Studies of Organizations: Contributions from the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations

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This book samples the groundbreaking work that has been developed over the last 25 years by psychoanalysts, writers and practitioners associated with the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Studies of Organizations (ISPSO).

What characterizes this collection of original papers is an attempt to look at organizations, groups, teams and organizational role holders using psychoanalytic, systemic and psychodynamic perspectives that collectively eschew superficial, linear, ...

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Psychoanalytic Studies of Organizations: Contributions from the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO)

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Overview

This book samples the groundbreaking work that has been developed over the last 25 years by psychoanalysts, writers and practitioners associated with the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Studies of Organizations (ISPSO).

What characterizes this collection of original papers is an attempt to look at organizations, groups, teams and organizational role holders using psychoanalytic, systemic and psychodynamic perspectives that collectively eschew superficial, linear, prescriptive and mechanistic views of both the system and the individual within.
These papers, delivered as presentations to the Society during the Annual Symposia of the ISPSO from its inception in 1983 to-date, collectively form an important commentary on the changing societal dynamics and current preoccupations facing the contemporary organizations, their leaders and their workforce. As such, these papers are representative of many that have contributed to and documented the development of the thought and praxis from a psychoanalytic perspective and systems thinking over the last quarter of century. While most of these papers have already been published elsewhere, the ISPSO as an organization wished to include them in this volume, recognizing their lasting influence and legacy as well as their ongoing impact upon the thinking and the practice of its membership and beyond.

Contributors: Michael A. Diamond; James Krantz; Thomas N. Gilmore; Harold Bridger; Laurence J. Gould; Isabel Menzies Lyth; W. Gordon Lawrence; Howard F. Stein; Larry Hirschhorn; David Armstrong; Robert French; Peter Simpson; Charles Harvey; Burkard Sievers; Susan Long; Gilles Amado.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855756076
  • Publisher: Karnac Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Burkard Sievers is Professor Emeritus of Organization Development in the Schumpeter School for Business and Economics at Bergische University Wuppertal in Germany. In his research he focuses on unconscious dynamics in management and organization from a socio-analytic and systemic perspective. In 1995, he was awarded the price for participation by the HBK Bank in Antwerp, Belgium, for his book, Work, Death and Life Itself : Essays on Management and Organisation. He is Past-President (2007-2009) of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO).

Halina Brunning is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, Organizational Consultant and Executive Coach. She has worked inthe British and Polish National Health Service as a psychologist, therapist, manager and consultant and published extensively on clinical and organizational issues including Executive Coaching Systems: Psychodynamic Perspective. Halina currently works as a freelance coach and consultant and runs her own international coaching practice in Europe. She is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organisations, OPUS, Association of Coaching and founder member of the Coaching Psychology Forum.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Foreword James Krantz xiii

Preface Burkard Sievers xv

1985 New York

The social character of bureaucracy: Anxiety and ritualistic defense Michael A. Diamond 1

1986 New York

The splitting of leadership and management as a social defense James Krantz Thomas N. Gilmore 23

1987 New York

To explore the unconscious dynamics of transition as it affects the interdependence of individual, group and organizational aims in paradigm change Harold Bridger 51

1988 New York

Psychoanalytic frameworks for organizational analysis and consultation: An overview and appraisal of theory and practice Laurence J. Gould 67

1990 Montreal

Institutional consultancy as a means of bringing about change in individuals Isabel Menzies Lyth 87

1995 London

Social dreaming as a tool of consultancy and action research W. Gordon Lawrence 105

1996 New York

Death imagery and the experience of organizational downsizing or, is your name on Schindler's list? Howard F. Stein 123

1997 Philadelphia

The primary risk Larry Hirschhorn 153

1998 Jerusalem

'Psychic retreats': The organisational relevance of a psychoanalytic formulation David Armstrong 175

2001 Paris

'Negative capability': A contribution to the understanding of creative leadership Robert French Peter Simpson Charles Harvey 197

2002 Melbourne

Against all reason: Trusting in trust Burkard Sievers 217

2005 Baltimore

Sad, mad or bad: What approaches should we take to organisational states-of-mind? Susan Long 241

2007 Stockholm

'Potential space': The threatened source of individual and collective creativity Gilles Amado 263

List of Original References 285

Index 287

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