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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

ISPSO AM 2022 Conference

27 June - 3 July 2022

Who We Are

The aim of the International Society for Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) is to explore organizational research, insights of consultation and experiences utilizing the lens of psychoanalysis.
Our  membership comes from all over the world and shares the common interest of studying and working with organizations and their leaders from a psycho- and sociodynamic perspective. 
ISPSO holds an annual meeting and symposium, locally and regionally organized meetings and an ongoing online-dialogue to encourage scholarship, research and consulting in the field. The annual meeting is held in various places around the world and brings together interested people to discuss and debate leadership and organizational experiences, using a psychoanalytic framework. 
The 38th ISPSO Annual Meeting will be held as an online event

Our Practices

The psychoanalytic study of organizations utilizes psychoanalysis and related approaches as a practice of analysis and intervention in organizations and its leadership. In studying psycho- and sociodynamic processes, we aim to understand the inner “life” of organizations as those in it.

This may occur at the level of individuals, groups, organizations, culture and/or society, We explore as observers, participant researchers, consultants and coaches together with the members of the organization the conscious and unconscious mechanisms creating and shaping the actual life of organizations. 

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The traditional Annual Meeting program has three parts which run consecutively over seven days:

  • Professional Development Workshops are run from Monday through Wednesday (Days 1-3),
  • Day 4, Thursday is Member's Day including a reception - exclusively for ISPSO members; non-members are invited to participate at a special presentation about ISPSO,
  • Days 5 to 7 our Symposium take place - the core of the AM with a scientific program, key notes, panel discussions and parallel paper presentations from academics and practitioners sharing new insights from the field.

In addition, there is Gala Dinner event on Saturday night  (when conducted as a live event only)

We have recently conducted our Annual Meeting and Symposium online (2021) and will do the same in 2022.
Next years event (2023) will be taking place in South Africa, Johannesburg and will be a real-life event.

Join us for The ISPSO Annual Meeting