CPOS reading group

The CPOS reading group provides those interested in organizational, psychoanalytic, and political theories with an opportunity to expand their knowledge in specific topic areas. Attendees include students, faculty, or community members.

Participants will read a series of 4-5 papers each spring and fall, and meet every third Thursday, September through May, to discuss the papers in the context of psychosocial organization studies.

Discussions are moderated by CPOS associates and conducted in English.

The monthly meeting is held online. If you’d like to join our discussions please email Mindy Duncan: admin@surfacingtheorganization.com.

Discussion format

We use the thought circles in the diagram below to structure how we think through, and discuss, the readings. Each circle represents a perspective that we bring to the psychosocial study of organizations.

  • Clinician – moving outside of the consulting room
  • Educator – teaching, learning, students
  • Manager – application, action researchers
  • Consultant – the outside perspective
  • Researcher – modes of research, self-experience, participants’ experiences and reactions

thought circles

This model acknowledges that scholars use psychoanalytic theory, or that they could, whether they are primarily clinicians, educators, managers, consultants, or researchers. And, that very often we hold multiple roles all intersected by a psychosocial approach to studying organizations.

Current theme

Expanding the psychosocial: Care, caring, and trauma in organizations

Past themes

  • Psychosocial debates: Locating organization studies¬†
  • Maternal Eros: (De)vitalization in working relationships
  • Critical psychoanalysis: Race, society, and organizations
  • Critiques
  • Countertransference
  • Therapeutic aims
  • Associate papers
  • Qualitative research