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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Issues in Management Research, and the Value of a Psychoanalytic Perspective; A Case Study in Organisational Stress in a Japanese Multi-National Company

Organisation level strategies for dealing with stress are underdeveloped because it is difficult to make the transition conceptually from individual pathology to organisation systems within the main theoretical paradigms for organisation stress research. This study in a Japanese multi-national company, applies systemic and psychoanalytic theory to gain an in-depth understanding of organisation dynamics and stress. This theoretical framework allows the researchers to make sense of some of the current preoccupations in global organisations with new organisation forms. The study is also considered in relation to current issues in management research.