Betrayal and friendship

French, Robert, Case, Peter, and Gosling, Jonathan (2009) Betrayal and friendship. Society and Business Review, 4 (2). pp. 146-158.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between friendship and betrayal. Both are perceived to involve dynamics that can have a major impact in organizations, but both have tended to be under researched.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper brings together ideas from psychoanalysis (object relations theory), archetypal psychology, and the history of ideas (the friendship tradition). It also uses a case study to explore how the emerging framework applies in reality.

Findings – The exploration led to the conclusion that betrayal may have its roots at the same deep level of the psyche as friendship and they may, therefore, be equally fundamental developmentally.

Originality/value – The paper opens up an important area for further study and application. It is intended to give status to two experiences that are of great importance to managers and managed, leaders and led, consultants and students.

Item ID: 20320
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1746-5680
Keywords: friendship, betrayal, organizations, psychodynamics, interpersonal relations, social psychology, trust
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2013 23:00
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950402 Business Ethics @ 100%
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