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Anderson, D.K. White, J.D. (2002). Psychoanalytic Organizational Theory: Comparative Perspectives. Free Associations, 9(4):500-525.

(2002). Free Associations, 9(4):500-525

Psychoanalytic Organizational Theory: Comparative Perspectives

Debra K. Anderson and Jay D. White

While certainly not new, there is an increasing interest in using psychoanalysis to study organizations. This approach differs from more traditional ways of understanding and changing organizational behaviour. To complicate matters, there is no single ‘psychoanalytic voice,’ but instead, a variety of approaches are used to study human behaviour in organizations. The purpose of this article is threefold: (1) to explain how the psychoanalytic study of organizations differs from other approaches; (2) to compare the different psychoanalytic approaches used by several researchers; and (3) to consider the contributions that psychoanalysis brings to traditional methods of studying organizations.

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