The Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective


Title: The Family Business on the Couch: A Psychological Perspective
Year: 2007
Authors: Kets de Vries, M. F., Carlock, R., & Florent-Treacy, E.

The family business is pulled in several directions. Individual family members involved with it will strive to create opportunities for themselves, as well as financial gain and rewarding relationships. Their desires and motivations will affect the company. Then there are structural conflicts between the operating principles of a family and their business. However, the two systems are interdependent: the family's values and behavior affect the company's policies and decisions; and the company influences family members' careers, relationships and finances. The mingling of family and business systems in a family enterprise explains why drawing on both the psychodynamic and the family systems approach has proved to be extremely helpful in addressing family business issues that fall outside the boundaries of traditional management theory.

In this book, ideas from the psychodynamic and family systemic approaches are integrated with an existing body of literature on leadership, executive behavior, decision-making, group dynamics, organizational stress, power and politics, organizational design, organizational culture, strategy, and organizational development and consultation, to offer new perspectives on family business functioning. The application of concepts derived from these psychological paradigms to more traditional management theory discloses patterns that can be woven into a unified gestalt, helping us to explain the psychodynamics of life in family businesses.

Keywords: Psychological Perspective, Business Families, Psychodynamic, family systemic perspectives, transference, countertransference, therapeutic alliance
Language: English

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., West Sussex, UK
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ISBN: 978-0-470-51671-3

Submitted by:
Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries

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