An exploration of psychological issues that arise in modern corporations
The Psychodynamics of Organizations
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edited by Larry Hirschhorn and Carole K. Barnett
The changing character of organizational life in the post-industrial world has caused organizational psychoanalysis to reemerge as a vital discipline. Modern technologies and the global economy continue to create new sources of anxiety and risk. In this volume, fifteen essays demonstrate how social irrationality shapes organizational life. The contributors focus on problems in productivity and morale; issues of anger and aggression as well as hope and mutuality in organizations; and troubling changes associated with growth or cutbacks. Richly drawn case studies (of a law firm, a factory, an oil refinery, a coal mine, among others) are framed by more theoretical discussion.
Part I: The Person and the Organization
Part II: Case Studies
Part III: Culture, Politics, and Race: Organizational Psychodynamics in Context
About the Contributors
Larry Hirschhorn is Principal of the Center for Applied Research, Inc., a faculty member at the William Alanson White Institute's Program on Organizational Development and Consultation, and the author of several books, including The Workplace Within.
Carole K. Barnett is a Ph.D. candidate in the Organizational Psychology Program at the University of Michigan and co-editor of Globalizing Management: Creating and Leading the Competitive Organization.
Contributors: Howell S. Baum, Michael A. Diamond, Steven P. Feldman, Thomas N. Gilmore, Laurence J. Gould, Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, James Krantz, Laurent Lapierre, Howard S. Schwartz, Glenn Swogger, Jr., David A. Thomas, Eric L. Trist, Donald R. Young, Abraham Zaleznik, and the editors.
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