Private Selves in Public Organizations


Title: Private Selves in Public Organizations
Year: 2009
Authors: Diamond, M. A. Allcorn, S.

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.

Keywords: organizational behavior, corporate culture, psychological aspects, organizational change
Language: English

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher Location: New York and London
ISBN: 0230613098

Submitted by:
Michael Diamond
Professor and Associate Director for Academic Programs, Director, Center for the Study of Organizational Change
Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri

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