Psychodynamic Organizational Theory: Key Concepts and Case Studies

1st Edition

Jacob Alsted, Ditte Haslund

September 23, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 328 Pages
ISBN 9780367027179 - CAT# K405089

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On the surface, people go to work and come home again. They sometimes manage people while most are managed themselves. But beneath the function and structures of the work itself, a whole range of emotions affect the success of the relationship between employee and manager, and ultimately the organization they both belong to.

Psychodynamic Organizational Theory: Key Concepts and Cases provides a comprehensive but accessible introduction to this fascinating field of study. Featuring case vignettes which bring the various concepts to life, the book is divided into four parts. Part 1 looks at how the individual relates to the organization and the unconscious energies they bring, while Part 2 examines group dynamics and how they affect productivity, including a chapter on meetings. Part 3 explores the realm of leadership, and what roles a manager can play in managing their staff, while Part 4 introduces the idea of personality, and describes how the manager’s personality influences management dynamics as well as the wider organizational culture.

Central to the book, as well as the idea that organizational phenomena are often unconscious, is the understanding that relationships are always reciprocal. Through complex psychological dynamics manager and employee influence and change each other during the process of managing and being managed.

This text will be essential reading for students and scholars of Leadership, HRM and Organizational Psychology, as well as consultants and managers looking for practical insights into how human relationships affect the success of every organization.


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