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The Center for the Study of Organizational Change (CSOC) was established in 1996. Our mission is to contribute to the scholarship of organizational change. We aim to be a scholarly resource for the psychological study of organizational politics and culture.

We are interested in exploring the psychodynamics (political, economic, and cultural) of organizational change in public and nonprofit organizations. We accomplish this through in-depth studies of actual organizations.

Our goals are to:

  • Integrate and elaborate existing theoretical models including psychoanalytic approaches
  • Engage a wide range of scholars across disciplines
  • Conduct qualitative organizational research with an emphasis on the psychoanalytic study of organizations
  • Disseminate research with a particular interest in building psychodynamic approaches to studying organizations

We envision promoting meaningful learning and advances in our knowledge of the psychodynamics of organizational change by locating opportunities for fieldwork in organizations and organizational cultures.