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Doing a Maxwell: or why not to identify with the aggressor

Author: Kets de Vries, Manfred F. R. INSEAD Area: Organisational BehaviourIn: European Management Journal, vol. 11, no. 2, June 1993 Language: EnglishDescription: p. 169-174.Type of document: INSEAD ArticleNote: Please ask us for this itemAbstract: This article looks at the life history of the late business tycoon Robert Maxwell, taking a clinical perspective. It attempts to explain the psychological forces which influenced his success and led to his downfall. The Maxwell case is used to illustrate the darker side of entrepreneurship, in particualr such factors as reality testing and the use of defense mechanisms. Particular attention is paid to the concepts of identification with the aggressor and folie à deux
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This article looks at the life history of the late business tycoon Robert Maxwell, taking a clinical perspective. It attempts to explain the psychological forces which influenced his success and led to his downfall. The Maxwell case is used to illustrate the darker side of entrepreneurship, in particualr such factors as reality testing and the use of defense mechanisms. Particular attention is paid to the concepts of identification with the aggressor and folie à deux

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