Can organisations make people ill?

In my previous post1 I argued that rather than talk about corporate or organisational pathology it might make more sense to speak of corporate pathologisation or the pathological effects of corporate life.  Otherwise we end up treating the organisation itself as the pathological subject, which creates all kinds of conceptual …

Corporate pathology revisited

A while ago I wrote a number of posts relating to what I described as ‘corporate pathology’, and linking this closely with the crisis in the financial industry.  However, as I argued in at least one of these posts1, the concept of a ‘pathological’ corporation or organisation is not without …

Corporate pathology?

As a psychoanalytic practitioner one of the things that has always intrigued me is whether social institutions or formations can be ‘pathological’, in the same way that an individual can be described as ‘pathological’, or in the use of terms such as ‘psychopathology’ and ‘psychopath’.   According to my dictionary, the …

Coach or couch?

I remember attending a very interesting talk on executive coaching a while ago and the presenter – who was both a therapist and a coach, was quite open in admitting that a great deal of coaching is psychotherapy under a different name. Managers and executives will accept coaching whereas they …

Banking culture: fear is the key

As the maelstrom engulfing the banking industry shows no sign of abating, even though Bob Diamond has finally fallen on his sword,1 neither has the search for explanations.  As I highlighted in a previous post, attention is currently on the culture of the banking industry.    However, as I pointed out …

Barclays: a failure of culture?

In the aftermath of the revelations about Barclays and the rigging of interest rates (and the fact that many more banks are probably in the firing line), once again the subject of culture has become very topical.   Lord Myners, the former City minister, talked about a ‘complete cultural failure’.  Many …

Corporate nightmares

What is the connection between the following: Corporate greed ‘Toxic’ corporate cultures Corporate mindsets The erasure of subjectivity The spread of corporate culture into all walks of (organisational and working) life? The first one, corporate greed, seems to be the topic that is guaranteed to raise peoples’ hackles, especially when …

City madness?

As mentioned in previous posts, there is a (growing) view that the City and other major corporate institutions are being run by psychopaths.  I’ve already cited the work of Clive Boddy on this subject, but other commentators have also observed there is something quite pathological about large corporate environments.  At …