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Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Online from: 1988

Subject Area: Organization Studies

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Organizing for powerlessness. A critical perspective on psychodynamics and dysfunctionality.

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Title:Organizing for powerlessness. A critical perspective on psychodynamics and dysfunctionality.
Author(s):Astrid Kersten, (La Roche College, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Citation:Astrid Kersten, (2001) "Organizing for powerlessness. A critical perspective on psychodynamics and dysfunctionality.", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 14 Iss: 5, pp.452 - 467
Keywords:Control, Resistance, Organizational change, Psychology
Article type:Conceptual Paper
DOI:10.1108/EUM0000000005877 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Develops a critical perspective on organizations and psychoanalysis. Following a brief review of various strands of psychoanalytic theorizing about organizations, argues that psychoanalysis can make an important contribution both to recognizing and to restoring the human subject in the organization. However, psychoanalysis also runs the risk of becoming complicitous with the larger context of domination that structures and governs organizations, unless it explicitly acknowledges and incorporates this context. Discusses the importance of acknowledging relations of power, recognizing the normalization of dysfunctionality in organizations, and moving away from individualizing issues of emotion, resistance and control.

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