Transitional Objects and Phenomena

This classic 1953 article by DW Winnicott introduces the important concepts of transitional phenomenona and transitional objects. It is remarkable how durable this original thinking is when it comes to psychoanalytic theory and in particular its application to organizational culture, play, and the potential (psychological) space with the capacity for holding, containment, negative capability, necessary for creativity and imagination.

Following Winnicott’s direction, productive and facilitative leadership in organizations requires good enough holding. Good enough of course implies that no one is perfect and we all can be neglectful at times. Babies have teddy bears and blankets, what do employees and workers have as substitutes in the absence of the presence of leaders?

International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 34:89-97

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Which Identities Matter?

Which Identities Matter?

“Following V. D. Miller, Allen, Casey, and Johnson (2000) and Cheney (1983), we seek to characterize, rather than simply quantify, participants’ understandings of their attachments to group, organization,
and profession and the stresses associated with those attachments.”

Dilemmas in Qualitative Interviews

Dilemmas in Qualitative Interviews

“The paper explores some of the emotional and ethical tensions in analysing and presenting research results and briefly discusses some implications for research training.”

Stories in Organizations

Stories in Organizations

“This conceptual piece generates additional insight into the topic of narrative by focusing on stories that are repeated in organizations, which we believe adds to theory in several ways.”

A Cultural Approach to Organizational Climate

A Cultural Approach to Organizational Climate

“Climate exhibits those behavioral and attitudinal characteristics of participants which are more empirically accessible to external observers. Culture, on the other hand, represents a more implicit feature of organizations.”

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