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Oedipus at work: but what is his role in the organisation?

By: MOYLAN, Deirdre. speaker.
Publisher: London, Tavistock Clinic, 2009Description: 1 video disc (63 min).Subject(s): VIDEODISC 2QTSummary: This presentation connects difficulties in the modern organisation to Sophocles’ play, first performed in 428 BC. Links are made between individual development and organisational maturity and to current preoccupations in organisations – difference and diversity; authority, autonomy and leadership; succession; creativity and castration; the adolescent behaviour that may be so prevalent in organisations; etc... Summary: The presentation will suggest that this new understanding of oedipal issues will help managers and consultants in the modern world. Examples from the past and the present will be given to demonstrate that Oedipus is lurking in our organisations and may need a Job Description if his presence is not to be too disruptive! Deirdre Moylan is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and organisational consultant. She was Clinical Director of the Adolescent Department from 2000 – 2007, and Co-Director of TCS from 2007 -2008. She was Organising tutor of D10 (MA in Consultation and the Organisation) from 1995 - 2009. This lecture was part of regular teaching to the second year group. Deirdre would like to thank all the students on the course who discussed these ideas with her over the years.
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This presentation connects difficulties in the modern organisation to Sophocles’ play, first performed in 428 BC. Links are made between individual development and organisational maturity and to current preoccupations in organisations – difference and diversity; authority, autonomy and leadership; succession; creativity and castration; the adolescent behaviour that may be so prevalent in organisations; etc...



The presentation will suggest that this new understanding of oedipal issues will help managers and consultants in the modern world. Examples from the past and the present will be given to demonstrate that Oedipus is lurking in our organisations and may need a Job Description if his presence is not to be too disruptive!


Deirdre Moylan is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and organisational consultant. She was Clinical Director of the Adolescent Department from 2000 – 2007, and Co-Director of TCS from 2007 -2008. She was Organising tutor of D10 (MA in Consultation and the Organisation) from 1995 - 2009. This lecture was part of regular teaching to the second year group.

Deirdre would like to thank all the students on the course who discussed these ideas with her over the years.

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