Turbulent family and organisational dynamics in the context of succession in a family business: A joint intervention to contain and work through destructive Oedipal forces

Cardona, Francesca and Raffaelli, Derek (2016) Turbulent family and organisational dynamics in the context of succession in a family business: A joint intervention to contain and work through destructive Oedipal forces. Organisational and Social Dynamics, 16 (2). pp. 245-254. ISSN 1474 2780

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Abstract

This paper is an account of an intervention in a pharmaceutical company faced with the challenge of navigating the succession of leadership in a family-owned and run business from the founding parents to the adult children. The consultants—a man and a woman—are long-time colleagues who bring a systems psychodynamic approach to bear on this engagement, which includes their use of transference and countertransference data identified between them and the client system. At the outset, the dynamics within the family—both in the personal and work spheres—are understood by all to be dysfunctional and a threat to the succession. The ensuing engagement is explored through the lens of potentially destructive oedipal forces identified in the system.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Psychological Therapies, Psychiatry, Counselling > Consultation
Department/People: Tavistock Consultancy Service
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1882

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