Where's Daddy? Integrating the Paternal Metaphor within the Maternal, Tavistock tradition of Organizational thinking.

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Title: Where's Daddy? Integrating the Paternal Metaphor within the Maternal, Tavistock tradition of Organizational thinking.
Year: 1999
Authors: Western, S.
Abstract:

This paper proposes a new approach for organizational psychoanalytical thinking, linking the maternal focus from Object Relations work with the âpaternal metaphor drawing on Freudâs and Jaques Lacan's thinking. An organizational consultancy case study is utilised to describe the practical application of this approach. It is proposed that the paternal metaphor is a pre-requisite for maternal-containment to take place in any organizational work. Maternal-containment then provides the space for emotions to become thoughts, and the âpaternal metaphorâ is then required to pass through the Oedipal, opening organizations to engage in relationships and relatedness both internally and externally. It is at this point that Systemic and Psychoanalytic theory meet and that thinking becomes action in organizational terms.

Keywords: Organization, Organisation Psychoanalysis, Consultation, Lacan, Klein, Management, Change.
Language: English


Date: 6/15/1999
Location: Toronto, Canada
Name of Event/Conference: 16th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations
Sponsoring Organization: ISPSO

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Elizabeth Novogratz

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