Psychoanalytic contributions to the study of the emotional life of organizations

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In light of increasing interest in organizational emotions, this article argues for a reintegration of psychoanalytic scholarship into the study of organizations. A brief presentation of social constructionist approaches to emotions in organizations is followed by a presentation of major psychoanalytic contributions to the study of emotions at individual, group, and organizational levels. The author argues for a rapprochement between constructionist views which emphasize the cultural character of emotional displays, and psychoanalytic views which explore the origins, vicissitudes, and communication of emotional experiences within individual or group biographies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)292-315
Number of pages24
JournalAdministration and Society
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing


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