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The Psychoanalysis of Organizations

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One of the most pressing needs of modern society is to understand and construct organisations that not only are effective in terms of carrying out work but that also allow and encourage people to develop their full human potential. Psychoanalytic theory describes those primary processes that lie at the heart of human activity and provides new insights for understanding group and organisational behaviour.
This book presents these theories in plain language and shows their relevance to normal working life. For instance, Freud's unique ideas concerning group behaviour were modified by Melanie Klein and, in turn, influenced Wilfred Bion who produced a theory that emphasised the unconscious processes in a group. General systems theory allowed Eric Trist and other s to describe organisations as socio-technical systems and this has made a direct contribution to coal-mining and textile manufacturing. At the same time, Kurt Lewin's concept of group dynamics has resulted in a greater understanding of participation and work organisation and from this has emerged a new form of education - T-groups and the 'laboratory' method of learning. The book argues that the prime driving force in any organisation is the mental energy present in each individual. This energy can either be directed towards the task or else used by the individual as a defence against anxiety. The research of Elizabeth Menzies and Eric Miller shows that many work practices are really defence mechanisms and that they drain vital energy away from productive work.
The author has attempted to bring together theories and evidence from a variety of sources and show how they are interconnected and in the final chapter he sets down his own ideas to explore the particular relationship between psychoanalysis and the work carried out in groups and organisations. The special feature of the book is that it explains complex theories in clear and simple language.

Item details

Author(s):
Robert de Board
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1995
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0415051754
ISBN-13:
9780415051750
Number of pages:
158
Publisher:
Routledge
Title:
The Psychoanalysis of Organizations

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One of the most pressing needs of modern society is to understand and construct organisations that not only are effective in terms of carrying out work but that also allow and encourage people to develop their full human potential. Psychoanalytic theory describes those primary processes that lie at the heart of human activity and provides new insights for understanding group and organisational behaviour.
This book presents these theories in plain language and shows their relevance to normal working life. For instance, Freud's unique ideas concerning group behaviour were modified by Melanie Klein and, in turn, influenced Wilfred Bion who produced a theory that emphasised the unconscious processes in a group. General systems theory allowed Eric Trist and other s to describe organisations as socio-technical systems and this has made a direct contribution to coal-mining and textile manufacturing. At the same time, Kurt Lewin's concept of group dynamics has resulted in a greater understanding of participation and work organisation and from this has emerged a new form of education - T-groups and the 'laboratory' method of learning. The book argues that the prime driving force in any organisation is the mental energy present in each individual. This energy can either be directed towards the task or else used by the individual as a defence against anxiety. The research of Elizabeth Menzies and Eric Miller shows that many work practices are really defence mechanisms and that they drain vital energy away from productive work.
The author has attempted to bring together theories and evidence from a variety of sources and show how they are interconnected and in the final chapter he sets down his own ideas to explore the particular relationship between psychoanalysis and the work carried out in groups and organisations. The special feature of the book is that it explains complex theories in clear and simple language.

Author(s):
Robert de Board
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
1995
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0415051754
ISBN-13:
9780415051750
Number of pages:
158
Publisher:
Routledge
Title:
The Psychoanalysis of Organizations

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