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What's playing in the organizational theater? Collusive relationships in management

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise Series: Working Paper ; 96/61/ENT Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1996.Language: EnglishDescription: 44 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: This paper takes as its point of departure concepts derived from couple therapy to better understand collusive relationships in organizations. As we examine these dysfunctional workplace relationships - these interpersonal "gridlocks" - ideas about projective identification will be introduced as a way of understanding them. Four main types of collusive superior-subordinate interaction patterns are identified - the narcissic, the sadomasocistic, the paranoid, and the controlling - and the consequences of each such dyad in organizations are explored. In conclusion, the paper pesents a number of recommandations on how to recognize the presence of such collusive arrangements and suggests preventive steps that can be taken
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This paper takes as its point of departure concepts derived from couple therapy to better understand collusive relationships in organizations. As we examine these dysfunctional workplace relationships - these interpersonal "gridlocks" - ideas about projective identification will be introduced as a way of understanding them. Four main types of collusive superior-subordinate interaction patterns are identified - the narcissic, the sadomasocistic, the paranoid, and the controlling - and the consequences of each such dyad in organizations are explored. In conclusion, the paper pesents a number of recommandations on how to recognize the presence of such collusive arrangements and suggests preventive steps that can be taken

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