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Psychoanalysis and management: the strange meeting of two concepts

Thibault de Swarte (Institute of Psychoanalysis and Management, and ENST Bretagne, Cesson Sévigné, France)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Publication date: 1 November 1998


Psychoanalysis and management are “strangers” to one another for epistemological reasons mainly related to their different spiritual fathers, scientific goals, validation criteria and dominant methodologies. However, some of these spiritual fathers did, in the early twentieth century, have the intuition of interesting partial convergence. Today, there is some good research, even if marginal, in both the managerial and psychoanalytic fields, being conducted at the intersection of psychoanalysis and management. This research focuses more on a psychoanalytical attentiveness to management acts than on a managerial use of psychoanalysis, which would, in fact, contradict basic psychoanalytic hypotheses and methodologies.



de Swarte, T. (1998), "Psychoanalysis and management: the strange meeting of two concepts", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 13 No. 7, pp. 459-468.




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