Clinical sociology have great researchers and supporters in France.
Among them Vincent de Gaulejac seems to be the most renowned.
If you can read french, I suggest you read "le cout de l'excellence". De Gaulejac.
Aubert. Seuil. 1991.
I do not know if there are any translations in english.
This book is a very critic analysis of the management consequences on individuals
like "burn-out". The title was inspired (in a satirical way) by the book of Peters
and Waterman from Mc Kinsey. 1983. "Le prix de l'excellence". I don't remember the
exact title in english.
Also have a look on books by Enriquez (a psychologist), Dejours (about stress) or
Lipovetsky (management in a post-modern context).
Have fun and let me know if my advices were useful.
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> Paul Nixon wrote.
> >Quiet reflection is valuable, and context-sensitive enquiry indispensable if
> any of us is to
> >help make the world a better place by informing those who govern, administer
> NGO >programmes, or advise the World Bank and IMF. Yes, a thorough-going,
> radical but >non-aggressive sociology is needed in many institutions...
> This prompts me to ask the following questions.
> Is this role applicable to commercial enterprises?
> Is there place for a an action sociology in the form of a "clinical" or
> "applied" sociology within the business setting?
> Could, or does, sociology not facilitate a critical reflection within the firm?
> Considering the inherent dangers concerning values & ethics that such a role may
> carry, can these not be addressed?
> With the degree of social change currently facing employers & employees, and
> with such issues as, globalisation & the changing nature of work impacting the
> work-place, it may be pertinent for a sociological intervention within the firm.
> I would imagine that sociology could play a facilitation role and that this role
> could be extended beyond the company into the larger environment in which the
> company operates.
> Are there any views on this issue or can someone kindly point me in the
> direction of any work done on this issue - it would be greatly appreciated.
> Neville Bews
> Johannesburg, South Africa.