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Exploding the myth about rational organizations and executives

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Organisational Behaviour Series: Working Paper ; 91/15/OB Publisher: Fontainebleau : INSEAD, 1991.Language: EnglishDescription: 24 p.Type of document: INSEAD Working Paper Online Access: Click here Abstract: This paper is the introduction to the book "Organizations on the couch: handbook of psychoanalysis and management". The author argues that executives are not necessarily rational, logical beings but prone to a fair amount of irrational behaviour which can seriously affect organizational processes. To understand better this type of irrationality, the clinical paradigm is introduced as a way of decoding organizational "text". A case study is presented to clarify the process of organizational "textual analysis". Finally, a number of rules of interpretation are introduced
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This paper is the introduction to the book "Organizations on the couch: handbook of psychoanalysis and management". The author argues that executives are not necessarily rational, logical beings but prone to a fair amount of irrational behaviour which can seriously affect organizational processes. To understand better this type of irrationality, the clinical paradigm is introduced as a way of decoding organizational "text". A case study is presented to clarify the process of organizational "textual analysis". Finally, a number of rules of interpretation are introduced

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