Michael A. Diamond

  • Research Interests

  • Organizational analysis and change
  • Political psychology and conflict resolution
  • Relational and applied psychoanalysis


Dr. Michael A. Diamond is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Organization Studies and Director Emeritus of the Center for the Study of Organizational Change (CSOC) at the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs at the University of Missouri. He received his Ph.D. in Government (political psychology, political philosophy, organizational behavior) from the University of Maryland in 1981. He has taught graduate (MPA and PhD) courses in organizational analysis and change, organization studies, logics of inquiry, readings in contemporary psychoanalytic theory, a practicum in organizational diagnosis, group dynamics and conflict resolution, organizational dynamics and leadership, among others. His 35 years of writing and research are focused on the nexus of psychoanalysis, organizational politics and culture. Following publication of his (1993) book, The Unconscious Life of Organizations, Diamond was awarded the 1994 Harry Levinson Award for Excellence in Consulting Psychology from the American Psychological Association. He also received the 1999 William T. Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching and the 2005 Faculty-Alumni Award from the University of Missouri. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals and has authored and co-authored five books including a forthcoming (2016) book Discovering Organizational Identity, University of Missouri Press. His article (2014) “Metaphoric Processes and Organizational Change: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Perspective” is published in Organisational and Social Dynamics, and (2013) “Repetition and the Compulsion to Repeat: Psychodynamic Challenges in Organizational Learning and Change” is published in Administration & Society. His (2009) book is entitled: Private Selves in Public Organizations, New York and London: Palgrave Macmillan. He is a practicing organizational analyst working with public, private, and nonprofit organizations. He is past co-editor-in-chief of the American Review of Public Administration and is currently on the editorial boards of Psychoanalysis, Culture, & Society, Organisational and Social Dynamics, and Administration & Society. He is past-president and founding member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations (ISPSO) and past member of the American Psychological Association (APA), Divisions in Consulting Psychology (13) and in Psychoanalysis (39). He is new chief editor of the Advances in Organizational Psychodynamics book series published by The University of Missouri Press (UMP). He lives in New York City.


  • PhD from University of Maryland at College Park

Selected Publications

  • Discovering Organizational Identity
    Michael A. Diamond

    University of Missouri Press, Columbia (forthcoming Fall 2016)

  • Private Selves in Public Organizations
    Michael A. Diamond and Seth Allcorn

    Palgrave Macmillan, New York and London

  • The Unconscious Life of Organizations
    Michael A. Diamond

    Quorum Books, Greenwood Publishing Group, Westport, CT

  • Repetition and the Compulsion to Repeat: Psychodynamic Challenges in Organizational Learning and Change
    Michael A. Diamond

    Administration & Society 45 (5): 499-521

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