Anxiety and New Order

Edited Book Chapter

Title: Anxiety and New Order
Year: 1998
Author Krantz, J.

We are reminded daily that we're heading - or perhaps careening - into the New Order where former approaches to organizing and getting work done are obsolete. Change is constant and unpredictable; markets are unstable; technological innovation is explosive and on a dramatically steep gradient; hierarchies change into networks, bosses to coaches, and jobs into ever changing bundles of shifting task assignments. The established psychological contracts between employees and their organizations are evaporating. Because change is pervasive, choice is ever present and learning is at a premium.

Wrenching change has become a fact of life, even though the institutions most of us work for exist in a kind of transitional, intermediate state between the older forms of bureaucratic organization and the new, cutting-edge arrangements. No matter how far along on the path to the New Order they are, organizations everywhere, buffeted by these turbulent forces, are under immense pressure to alter or dismantle deeply held patterns and cherished cultural arrangements.

Keywords: systems psychodynamics, change, depressive position, paranoid schizoid position, social defenses
Language: English

Publisher: International Universities Press
Publisher Location: Madison, CT
Editors: Edward Klein, Faith Gabelnick, & Peter Herr
Title of Book: Leadership in the 21st Century
Start page: 77
End page: 108

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James Krantz
WorkLab Consulting
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