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The psychodynamic approach to organizations and organizational change is one of a number of valuable and insightful approaches. We highlight the power and significance of qualitative, idiographic, case-based approaches, to the study of organizational change. Our current emphasis is on qualitative research methods, especially those that require immersion in an organization, as the preferred method for studying organizations.

CSOC methods bring together the contributions of systems theory, contemporary psychoanalysis, theories of organizational learning and group relations, creating a dynamic methodology for assessing, analyzing and transforming organizations.

As a cornerstone of our research mission, CSOC places students in organizational contexts to provide them with qualitative research experiences that lead to a greater understanding of organizations and organizational change. Students and researchers may use one or more theoretical frames to describe and analyze the organization.

We encourage researchers to develop and test:

  • Techniques for studying organizations that integrate psychoanalytic concepts. Such techniques are not intended for the purpose of analyzing organizations or individuals, but for integrating analytic theory into the study of organizations to generate holistic, human-centered knowledge about the process of organizing.
  • Qualitative or mixed methods approaches to studying organizations that focus on the development, refinement, or generation of field methods that enhance organization science.
  • Application of theoretical frames that embrace organizations as human systems and enhance the psychodynamic approach including attachment theory, complexity science, postmodernism, neuroscience, cultural anthropology, and communications theory.
  • Our commitment to understanding individual experiences and perceptions of efforts to change organizations is fertile ground for researchers who are interested in interdisciplinary, cross-dimensional approaches, particularly those who are interested in the psychoanalytic study of organizations.