Is Gang Phenomena Present in Work Organizations?

Mark Stein, University of Leicester, and Jonathan Pinto, Imperial College Business School, published “The Dark Side of Groups : A ”Gang at Work” in Enron” in the December 2011 issue of Group & Organization Management. If you would like to read the other articles in this issue, please click here.

The abstract:

The purpose of this article is to develop our understanding of the gang aspects of work organizations. By applying a psychoanalytic lens, we formulate the ideas of the “gang at work” and “intraorganizational ganging dynamics,” thereby initiating a research stream on the “dark side of groups.” We illustrate our conceptual development by drawing on the Enron case thereby contributing unique group-level insights that complement other analyses of the phenomenon. We conclude by identifying areas for further research and arguing that gang phenomena may also have been present among many of the key organizations at the centre of the credit crisis, such as Lehman Brothers.

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