This fascinating book shows how an understanding of the psychodynamics of the extended family, from parental relations to sibling rivalries, can provide insight into many of the key issues faced by organizations today.
Covering topics such as change management, creativity, autonomous groups, leadership and democracy, it shows how deep-rooted family dynamics unconsciously frame the way we relate to each other in the workplace, and how they can have a profound influence on the broader trajectory of organizations.
This book features:
- Examples on how to use the extended family as a framework for understanding organizational behaviour.
- A look beyond parental relationships to discuss sibling relationships as well.
- Examples to illustrate key topics of practical relevance to consultants and managers.
Family Psychodynamics in Organizational Contexts is an important read for students and scholars of organizational psychology, organizational studies and psychodynamics, as well as consultants and coaches working in organizational contexts.
Table of Contents
1.INTRODUCTION CONNECTIONS BETWEEN FAMILY AND ORGANIZATION
2.THE OEDIPUS COMPLEX – NOW WITH SIBLINGS
3.DIGRESSION: MYTHS, FAIRY TALES AND METAPHORS
PARENTAL POWER – THE COST OF SOLIDARITY
4.PROMOTED SIBLINGS AND TEMPORARY PARENTSABOUT DEMOCRACY AND PSYCHODYNAMIC IN LEWIN AND WINNICOTT
5.THE FOREMAN’S GHOST – SIBLING RIVALRY IN SELF-MANAGING TEAMS
6..PSYCHODYNAMIC SYSTEMS THEORY AND SUBSYSTEMS: FAMILY/ORGANIZATION, TYRANNY, DEMOCRACY, CROWD, MARKET AND PANIC
7.GENDER IN HIERARCHY AND TRANSFERENCE
11.GLOBALIZATION AND MODERNIZATION
Steen Visholm is a Professor in the Department of People and Technology, Center for Organizational Psychology, Roskilde University, Denmark.