Private Selves In Public Organizations: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Diagnosis and Change

Hardcover | March 15, 2009

byMichael A. Diamond

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This book is about the psychodynamics of analyzing and changing organizations. Michael Diamond and Seth Allcorn define organizations as relational and experiential systems. They offer a contemporary psychoanalytic model for immersion, diagnosis, and intervention in organizations. The authors discover workers who view their organizations as silos—fragmented and dysfunctional. They come across workers who demand but rarely find organizations where they feel safe and secure enough to question authority or challenge the status quo. The authors address issues of oppression, persecution, moral violence, chaos, and workplace democracy. Case examples illustrate the collision of social and psychological structure in the workplace.     

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This book is about the psychodynamics of analyzing and changing organizations. Michael Diamond and Seth Allcorn define organizations as relational and experiential systems. They offer a contemporary psychoanalytic model for immersion, diagnosis, and intervention in organizations. The authors discover workers who view their organization...

Michael A. Diamond is Professor of Public Affairs, Associate Director for Academic Programs, and Director of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. He is a founding member and past-president of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of O...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:228 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:March 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230613098

ISBN - 13:9780230613096

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"This pioneering comprehensive volume establishes the new field of psychoanalytic organizational psychology. By unifying elements from articles that have touched on the topic, Diamond and Allcorn have provided a complete and definitive volume on a subject that has previously been only tangentially and partially explored.  It will endure as the fundamental volume for scholars and consultants, setting a model for the field. This is a monumental accomplishment for which readers will long be grateful." --Harry Levinson, Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, President Emeritus, the Levinson Institute"What is organizational well-being and how do we understand and foster it? Drawing on decades of fieldwork, Diamond and Allcorn beautifully describe how consultants for organizational improvement uncover lurking problems in the workplace: how organizational fragmentation turns into confrontational identity units, complicated transference-countertransference issues, difficulty mourning losses, and psychological pressures of psychogeography. The book’s psychoanalytically framed techniques illustrate methods for effective intervention, especially timely in light of today’s concerns about globalization and the recent turbulence in financial markets." -- Vamik D. Volkan, M. D., the author of Blind Trust: Large Groups and Their Leaders in Times of Crises and Terror and Killing in the Name of Identity: A Study of Bloody Conflicts