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Adm. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/admsci8030024

The Role of Collusive Dynamics in the Occurrence of Organizational Crime: A Psychoanalytically Informed Social Psychological Perspective

Utrecht University School of Governance, Utrecht University, Bijlhouwerstraat 6, 3511 ZC Utrecht, The Netherlands
Received: 30 April 2018 / Revised: 11 June 2018 / Accepted: 21 June 2018 / Published: 27 June 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Organizational Aspects of Corporate and Organizational Crime)
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Abstract

This short reflective paper discusses collusion from a psychoanalytically informed social psychological perspective. From this perspective, collusion represents a non-conscious group dynamic in which the participants ‘play together’ to keep a threatening or painful reality out of awareness. To illustrate the dynamics, two examples from the world of infrastructure and from higher education are provided. Although collusion in itself is not criminal, it may lead to neglectful or criminal behavior. Since it is a system-level phenomenon, holding individuals accountable will not end the dynamics. View Full-Text
Keywords: collusion; group dynamics; psychology; psychoanalysis; systems–psychodynamics collusion; group dynamics; psychology; psychoanalysis; systems–psychodynamics
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