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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Philadelphia 2008

Motivation and Meaning at Work

Motivation and Meaning at Work

Chair: Larry Hirschhorn

Symposium Schedule
Friday, June 20
Saturday, June 21

Plenary: Leadership & Meaning 9:00am – 10:30am John J. DeGioia, President of Georgetown University.

Plenary: Meaning Found and Meaning Lost: On the Boundaries of a Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations
David Armstrong.

Parallel Sessions I
9:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 11:30am
11:35am – 12:45pm

Lunch 12:45pm – 2:00pm Voices from the Outside: The Changing Nature of
the Employment Relationship 2:00pm – 2:45pm
Peter Cappelli, George W. Taylor, Professor of Management and Director of the Wharton School’s Center for Human Resources.

Voices from the Outside: Conversation on Motivation, Risk and Leadership in the Hedge Fund Business 2:55pm – 3:40pm
Seth Klarman, President of the Baupost Group.

Parallel Sessions II 4:15pm – 5:30pm
Learning from the Day 5:45pm – 6:15pm

Parallel Sessions IV
1:30pm – 2:45pm 2:45pm – 3:05pm 3:20pm – 4:30pm
Learning from the Day
4:30pm – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 5:45pm

Sunday, June 22
Social Dreaming 7:45am – 8:45am
Plenary : Would you Die for Your Cause?
Elisabeth Henderson.
Coffee Break Parallel Sessions V
9:00am – 10:30am
10:30am – 11:00am
11:00am – 12:15pm

Reflection on the Symposium Lunch
12:30am – 1:00pm 1:00pm
Location: Jon M. Huntsman Hall, 8th Floor, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa

Parallel Sessions I
From Work as a Scene to Work as an Activity: A Psychodynamic Perspective.
Gilles Amado & Dominique Lhuilier (Fr)

Beyond Trauma: The Recovery of Motivation and Meaning in an Italian Jewelery Company.
Louisa Brunner (It)

Myth Busters: Who You Gonna Call?
Consulting to Group Myth and the Tasks Associated with Exploring the Illusions.
Jinette deGooijer & Brigid Nosal (Au)

The Archetypal Meaning of Money in the
Creation of Identity in Work Life.
Claudia Nagel (Ger)

Exploring Meaning in Coaching.
Halina Brunning (UK)

The psychological meaning of work insecurity among senior executives: Where does containment come from?
Jonathan Smilansky (UK)

Parallel Sessions II

What Makes Traders Trade—and How that is Changing in the Digital Age.
Ken Eisold (USA)

Motivation by Mobilization: Engaging the Workforce in the Postmodern Corporation.
Peter Boback (Ger)

The Double Challenge: Working Through the Tension between Meaning and Motivation in a Large System.
Phillip Boxer (USA)

The Marriage of Wealth to Virtue and Wealth to Product: Mission, Market and Management
John Isaacson (USA)

From Organizational Meaning Through Splitting to Organizational Meaning Through Integration: Healing the Great Divide.

Parallel Sessions III

Meaning and Nihilism: Psychodynamics of the Self-Destruction of Antioch College.
Howard Schwarz (USA)

Depersonalized Entitlement among CEO’s.
William Czander (USA)

Subjective Investment and Identity
Dynamics: The Case of R&D Activities.
Cedric Dalmasso & Jean-Claude Sardas (Fr)

Figures of Professional Castration.
Gilles Arnaud (Fr)

Motivation, Meaning, and Resilience.
Marc Maltz (USA)

Parallel Sessions IV

The Principal Contradiction.
Chatham Sullivan & Lynn Langdon

Before the Surrogate of Motivation: Management and Work in Industrial Whaling at the Time of its Golden Age.
Burkard Sievers (Ger)

The Sterile Organization.
Stanley Gold (Au)

Virtual Healthcare Settings: Constructing
Meaning Through Rumor and Electronic Communication.
Laima Serksnyte & Rodney Sappington (USA)

Meaning Making through Narrative.
Terry Martin (UK)

Meaningful Work: the Individual-Organizational Nexus.
Neill Carson (USA)

Parallel Sessions V

Transformation of Meaning in Traumatized Systems: A Case Study.
William Kahn (USA)

The Creative Frame of Mind: New Ideas, New Meanings.
Gordon Lawrence & Susan Long
(UK, Au)

“Acheronta Movebo” Motivation and Meaning as Utopia and the Role of the Movie Industry: A Comparison of Rebel Without a Cause, Chapaev, and The Matrix.
Elen Riot (Fr)

The Purpose of Meaning and the Meaning of Purpose: Energizing Organizational Transformation Through Engagement with Source.
Bruce Irvine (UK)

Social Defenses, Meaning, and Identity
Gianpiero Petriglieri (Fr)

Exploring the Meaning of Work in the Context of Organizational Culture
Lionel Stapley (UK)

The Group at Play.
Howard Stein (USA) David Levine (USA)

Professional Development Workshops
Monday, June 16
Tuesday, June 17
Wednesday, June 18
Thursday, June 19
8:00am – 9:00am
Social Dreaming Session
Social Dreaming Session
Social Dreaming Session
Social Dreaming Session
9:00am – 9:15am
Plenary: Opening of Workshop Sessions
Plenary: Opening of Workshop Sessions
Plenary: Opening of Workshop Sessions
Plenary: Opening of Workshop Sessions

9:15am - 9:30am
From the Painful Past to the Promising Future: An Interactive Exploration of the Nexus between Conflict and Cooperation
Jay Rothman (USA)

Explicating Motivations and Meanings: Applying Q-Methodology in Consulting
Robert Lipgar and Steven Brown (USA)

Purpose, Vision, and Values: A Multi-Systemic Approach to Organizational Role Analysis (2-day workshop)
Bruce Irvine and Vega Roberts (UK)

An Orientation to Effective Meetings and the Future Search Method
Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff (USA)

The Capacity to Think in Collectives in the Workplace: Mobilizing the Collective Knowledge and Thinking Power in Teams and Organizations Martin Ringer (New Zealand)

Guarding Against Corruption (2-day workshop) Jane Chapman and Brigid Nossal (Australia)

The Social Photo-Matrix as a Method for Understanding Organizations in Depth (2-day workshop)
Burkard Sievers and Rose Mersky (Germany)

Constructing Organisational Development and Change Intervention Models for Transforming Hierarchies
Mannie Sher (UK)

Psychoanalysis as a Non- Linear Dynamic System: Shifting Paradigms from the Classical to the Complex
Grant Brenner and Marc Maltz (USA)

Being in Our Own Way: A Reflexive Model for Attending to How We Listen to Our Clients Carole Eigen (USA)

Difference and Indifference: Exploring Meaning, Motivation, and Action in a Polarizing World
Nancie Zane, Ellen Tichenor, and members, the Phila Center for Organizational Dynamics (USA)

Selling Psychoanalytic Consulting Services Kerry Sulkowicz (USA)

Consulting to Family Businesses
Nancy Drozdow and Barry Dornfeld (USA)

Messages from Social Dreaming at ISPSO Since the Late 1990’s
Gordon Lawrence (UK), Susan Long (Australia), Rose Mersky (Germany)

9:30am – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 5:30pm

Creating an Authorizing Environment for System- Wide Change
Malachi O’Connor, Jennifer Tomasik, Lynne Kornblatt, and Steven Merahn (USA)

Post Workshop Networking/Social

Scarcity Versus Abundance
Kenwyn Smith (USA)

Master Class on Executive Coaching: A Case-Based, Applied Workshop
Kathleen White (USA)