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Revista Psicologia Organizações e Trabalho

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GARRIDO, Giovanna; SALTORATO, Patrícia  e  MOREIRA, Carlos Augusto Amaral. Psychoanalytic reflections about resistance to organizational change. Rev. Psicol., Organ. Trab. [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.2, pp. 212-223. ISSN 1984-6657.

This study aims to discuss resistance to change as a non-rational phenomenon. Aiming to consider the theme through a different focus, the study sought to analyze how the human unconscious makes managers adopt reactive behaviors to organizational change even though it is indispensable for organizational survival. Based on bibliographic research, both psychoanalytic and sociological, this study is based on a central hypothesis that the resistant behavior of managers can be considered as external reflections of internal conflicts occurring in these individuals. The studies carried out presented favorable arguments for this hypothesis. In large part, the managers' behavior resulted from internalized and repressed anxieties, ranging between a fear of obsolescence and ways of thinking that symbolize their core identity. The results point to the superficiality of the predominant approaches to the theme and encourage opening paths to new research studies that might be undertaken.

Palavras-chave : Manager; behavior; resistance; psychoanalysis.

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