History & Purpose
The International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) provides a forum for academics, clinicians, consultants and others interested in working in and with organizations utilizing psychoanalytic concepts and insights.
The Society's aim is to share organizational research, consultation and experiences in the context of psychoanalysis. The ISPSO holds an annual meeting and symposium, locally organized study groups and ongoing discussions on the Internet and encourages scholarship and research in the field.
Founded in 1983 by some of the most distinguished contributors to the field, the organization presently has a membership of over 320, coming from over 30 countries.
The society's international three-day annual symposium has been a major forum for thinking about and discussing the application of psychoanalytic theory to organizations. The Symposium has been held in Amsterdam/Haarlem, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Coesfeld, Helsingør, Jerusalem, London, Melbourne, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, San Diego, Stockholm, Toledo, Oxford, Santiago, Rome, Granada and Toronto. Many of the papers presented at these Symposia are located in the ISPSO online Library.
Membership is open to those interested in the underlying concepts and approach of Psycho-Analysis as applied to organizational life.
Included in the benefits of membership in the ISPSO are:
- Discounts to the annual symposium;
- Attendance to the annual members' meeting and reception;
- Networking in this growing community;
- Local study groups on key issues and concepts; and
- A mentoring program for new writers on developing working papers.