The Dysfunctional Workplace
Theory, Stories, and Practice
Seth Allcorn and Howard F. Stein
220 pages
6 x 9
3 Illustrations

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ISBN: 978-0-8262-2065-3
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About the Book

This book explores an aspect of organizational life that is at times difficult to acknowledge and often painful to recall. Stories invite reflection and the development of greater understanding of organizational dynamics. This fresh scholarship provides a theoretical framework for discussion. Throughout this book, Allcorn and Stein utilize a psychoanalytically informed perspective to help readers understand why a leader, colleague or friend behaves in ways that are destructive of others and the organization and provides a basis for organizations to survive and thrive in a dysfunctional workplace.


Seth Allcorn, is the former Vice President for Business and Finance at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. He has served as a financial and administrative Assistant Dean at the Texas Tech School of Medicine and Associate Dean for the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola–Chicago.

Howard F. Stein is Professor Emeritus of the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK, he taught from 1978-2012. Dr. Stein is also a Research Associate of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change at the University of Missouri.


“One of the true strengths of this book is the careful and clear explanation of particular aspects of psychoanalytic theory. It is rare in the field of organizational behavior to find these topics presented in a way that can be easily understood and immediately practiced.”—Aaron J. Nurick, Bentley University, author of The Good Enough Manager: The Making of a GEM


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