Volume 12, Number 4, Winter 2009

CONTENTS
REGULAR ARTICLES


The Feudal Model and the Study of Modern Organizations ..................................................................................................................... 521
J. Woods and V. Shlapentokh

SYMPOSIUM


Symposium on Organization Theory and Organization Behavior: Through the Lens of Psychodynamics, Part II ........................ 558
A. N. Carr and C. A. Lapp

Can an American Psychotherapeutic System Contribute to British Leadership Development? ..................................................... 559
P. Mann and J. Chapman

Pop-Management: Tales of Passion, Power and Profit ............................................................................................................................ 595
A. P. Paes de Paula and T. Wood Jr.

From Sociology of Organizations to Organizational Psychoanalysis: A Genealogical Approach of a High Tech Company ....... 618
T. de Swarte and A. Amintas

Encapsulation: Expatriates inside a Complex World ................................................................................................................................ 648
C. A. Lapp and A. N. Carr

ABSTRACT. The objective of this conceptual paper is to synthesise
psychodynamics and paradox inherent in complex situations to investigate
the cause and effects of identity shifts and self-organisation particularly
apposite expatriation. The methodology used will be to find intersections and
parallels among psychodynamic theories1 to demonstrate that inside the
paradox of expatriation is other-organisation, which is basically defined as
the unorganised becoming organised in 'good' or 'bad' ways and with formal
and planned interventions. We will also see that self-organisation works with
other-organisation to keep one safely 'held' between feelings of being
isolated or engulfed. Whether real or imagined, perceptions of being isolated
and engulfed lead to the confusion or pain of becoming encapsulated.

ABSTRACT. The millennium found the first ever training in Britain of the American Pesso-Boyden System Psychomotor (PBSP) method of adult reparative growth taking place with a dozen experienced leadership development specialists. They quickly proceeded to incorporate this psychodynamic cum systemic approach within their successful practiceportfolios. What is the influence of PBSP on their coaching and personal development work with senior, fully functioning, high performing executives? A qualitative analysis based in their reported practice identifies two specific technical adaptations illustrated empirically and conceptually elaborated in this paper. The authors speculate on the implications of these preliminary outcomes from PBSP practice within the context of tentative neuroscientific understanding and underpinning psychodynamic theoretical assumptions. They conclude questioning a core premise of 'talk therapy.'

ABSTRACT. The analysis of organizations has a debt vis-à-vis the sociologist
Max Weber who built its theoretical foundations. The concept of limited
rationality was later proposed by Herbert Simon and then followed by
sociologists of organizations. This paper tries to go beyond that approach. It
uses a psychoanalytical perspective based on Jacques Lacan's work and on
the case studies of two high-tech companies. We focus on signifiers and the
role of the unconscious process inside organizations. We then propose an
alternative model of interpretation of organizational dynamics different from
the mainstream, which is dominated by the reference to instrumental
rationality.

ABSTRACT. This article investigates the possibility of studying modern organizations with the feudal model. We introduce feudalism as an ideal type and explain why it is necessary for understanding organizations. The model synthesizes several perspectives on intra-organizational conflict. After defining the feudal model and tracing its theoretical roots, we review several empirical studies to identify the conditions under which feudal conflicts arise. These factors include decentralization, structural interdependence, uncertainty and informal power. The feudal model highlights several overlooked aspects of organizations, including personal relations, the
manipulation of formal rules, bribery, corruption and sabotage. However, given the model's limitations, we propose a "segmented approach" to social analysis, which emphasizes the need for multiple models to explain any organization, past or present.

ABSTRACT. This paper analyzes the phenomenon of popular management
literature, proposing a reflection about its role in the managers' subjectivity.
Pop-management literature comprises books and magazines produced by
the business media for fast consumption. Adopting the psychoanalytical
approach to fairy tales as a perspective, we conducted a content analysis of
two success stories published in the business media. We observed that the
structure and key elements of fairy tales are present in these stories. We
argue that the success stories help to reduce tensions and mitigate
frustrations, supposedly offering answers for anxieties and professional
problems. We also argue that continued access to these texts might keep
individuals linked to their power fantasies and therefore might affect their
development and maturing processes.

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