The Corporate Stockholm Syndrome

The Stockholm syndrome is a particular psychological state developed by some people who are kidnapping victims. The syndrome develops from the victim’s attempts to identify with her captor or gain the sympathy of the kidnapper. At the end of an extended interaction the victims tends to defend and even to identify with their captors.

Once in a while a graduate student questions the teacher, usually those applying disciplines on the 4 Ps of business management (Planning, Process, People and Projects), with the following argument: “What is being taught is beautiful in theory, but does not apply in day to day work.” Usually this interpellation happens in a quite peremptory manner and with a critical tone to the teachings that do not depict the sad reality of some companies in the market. Read the complete post.

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