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 and Toronto. Many of the papers presented at these Symposia are located in the ISPSO online Library.

You can find links to audio recordings of past plenary presentations from Annual Meetings under the audio tag in the tag cloud.

The 28th Annual Meeting was held June 13-19, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.

The 29th Annual Meeting was held June 4-10, 2012 in San Diego, California.

The 30th Annual Meeting was held July 8-14, 2013 in Oxford, United Kingdom.

The 31st Annual Meeting was held 9-15 June, 2014 in Santiago, Chile.

The 32nd Annual Meeting was held 8-14 June 2015 in Rome, Italy.

The 33rd Annual Meeting will be held in 20-26 June 2016 in Granada, Spain.

Membership is open to those interested in the underlying concepts and approach of Psycho-Analysis as applied to organizational life.
Included in the growing 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.

To apply for membership, go to our application page.
To renew membership, go to membership subscription.