Published Online:https://doi.org/10.5465/ame.2000.2909838

Manfred Kets de Vries has a transatlantic background, just as Edgar Schein does. After spending his formative years in Holland, Dr. Kets de Vries carried out a considerable part of his career in North America, studying and later teaching at the Harvard Business School and serving as a faculty member at McGill University in Montreal. He is a psychoanalyst and a member of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and the International Psychoanalytic Association. He has lived for the last fifteen years in Paris and holds the Raoul de Vitry d'Avaucourt Chair of Human Resource Management at INSEAD in Fontainebleau. He is a recipient of the Distinguished International Scholar Award of the Academy of Management, and is the author of many books and articles on the clinical orientation toward leadership and other psychoanalytic approaches to organizational behavior and executive leadership. Dr. Kets de Vries's contributions include writings on power, work and careers, entrepreneurship, the darker side of leadership, folie a deux, neurotic organizations, globalism, downsizing, and the process of individual and organizational therapy. These writings served as the basis for the discussion of the concept of the clinical paradigm and its contribution to organizational analysis. Manfred Kets de Vries has been one of the pioneers in this area of specialization, blazing trail in the company of such scholars as Elliott Jaques, Abraham Zaleznik, and Harry Levinson.

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