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The walls within: working with defenses against otherness

Online Conference 5-11 July 2021

Larry Hirschhorn

Larry Hirschhorn is the Program Director of the Dynamics of Consulting Program. He is a Principal and Founder of CFAR, a management consulting firm with offices in Philadelphia and Boston. Trained as an economist, and retrained as psychoanalytically informed organization consultant, Larry consults to organizations on issues of strategy formation and strategy execution. He focuses on linking questions of strategy to the dynamics of individual and group decision-making. He has helped develop the “organizational working note” as a method for communicating an organizational diagnosis to clients.

He has worked with such companies and organizations as Penn Medicine, Georgetown University, Bristol Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals, and KPMG.

Larry is a founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, and was on the faculty of the Organization Program at the William Alanson White Institute for Psychology and Psychoanalysis. He teaches a course on the psychodynamics of organizations at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a fellow of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. He was on the standing faculty of the Wharton School and Fielding Graduate University.

Two of his published papers, “The Power of Moral Purpose: Sandler O’Neill and Partners in the Aftermath of September 11, 2001” and “The Fall of Howell Raines: A Study in the Moralization of Organizational Life,” have won journal awards. The former paper was coauthored with Marc Maltz and Steven Freeman.