BiographySeth Allcorn writes his books from the perspective of a blend of decades of management experience in large complex organizations and as a student of organizations. He makes sense of organizations and their dynamics by adapting psychoanalytic theory to their study. As a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO), he is committed to this approach to understanding organizations and to making the insights gained accessible to the reader. This is one of the strengths of his writing style.
However, theory that is not informed by hands-on management experience makes it likely that what is actually going on in organizations may not be fully understood. Further, executive and management styles and actions are often hard to comprehend without some understanding of and insight into human nature.
Seth Allcorn’s management experience has been focused on academic medical centers. This has included experience managing large academic departments, as assistant and associate dean of medical schools, CEO of a professional billing medical plan, and oversight of the health care system for over 30,000 offenders. He was also a Vice President of Finance and Administration of the University of New England where he assisted with the development of an academic health sciences center. He has over thirty years’ experience in consulting, part- and full time, to public and private organizations in a broad range of areas, but generally focused on strategic direction and planning, process improvement, and executive coaching. The combination of his executive and consulting experience permits him to ground the use of theory in practice and practice in theory. His unique blend of theory and practice comes to life in workplace stories that readers can relate to allowing them to make sense of their own workplace experiences.
Seth Allcorn has a Ph.D. in higher education and an M.B.A. and B.S. in business administration. He has extensively published. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen books, a half a dozen chapters, and over ninety papers that have appeared in scholarly and practitioner journals.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Organizational and political psychodynamics
Organizational consulting, research and writing