Nie war Vertrauen in Organisationen so frag-würdig wie heute. Eine sozio-analytische Interpretation

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Title: Nie war Vertrauen in Organisationen so frag-werdig wie heute. Eine sozio-analytische Interpretation
Year: 2004
Authors: Sievers, B.

The importance of trust is heavily emphasised in contemporary
organisation theory and management practice.
Although I am convinced that trust is a good
thing and a necessary constituent of the social fabric,
I am interested in understanding the social (and political)
thinking underlying the current academic and
non-academic view of trust. My working hypothesis is
that management attempts to engineer trust reflect
an underlying denial of the loss of hope regarding
both the relatedness between organisational members
and the value and meaning of organisations. The experience
of non-relatedness and lack of trust cannot
be acknowledged by management, therefore the loss
of hope has to be hidden behind the propagation of
the importance of trust (and relatedness). The denial
of the loss of hope is an expression of psychotic thinking
concomitant with the inability to see reality and
to mourn loss. The engineered propagation of trust
thus becomes a substitute for trust itself.

Keywords: Trust, distrust, relatedness, non-relatedness, loss of hope, psyhcotic thinking
Language: German

Journal: Freie Assoziation
Volume: 7
Issue: 1
Start page: 29
End page: 53
Publisher ID:

Submitted by:
Burkard Sievers

Corresponding author:

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