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Ruth, R. (1996).  Working with Problems of Narcissism in Entrepreneurial Organizations.
"Already weakened by environmental forces not facilitative of psychological development, and further constrained by widespread idealization of narcissistic relating as a kind of counterphobic social defense, workers and managers in entrepreneurial organizations, and entrepreneurs and their organizations themselves, seem almost dragged by inertia into object-delinked modes of work. How to generate creativity and productive developmental momentum out of such frightening chaos is the task."
Fromm, E. (1973).  The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness.
"Those whose narcissism refers to their group rather than to themselves as individuals are as sensitive as the individual narcissist, and they react with rage to any wound, real or imaginary, inflicted upon their group. If anything, they react more intensely and certainly more consciously. An individual, unless he is mentally very sick, may have at least some doubts about his personal narcissistic image. The member of the group has none, since his narcissism is shared by the majority." (p. 231)
Friedman, M., & Arnett R. C. (1986).  Communication and Community: implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue.
"When interest groups emerge in any human community, their presence can be of significant benefit. But when 'party' becomes more important than the pursuit of truth, we have walked into the problem of group narcissism. When groups become intolerant of independent judgment, trouble is brewing for a communicative crisis."
Fromm, E. (1968).  The Heart of Man: Its Genius for Good and Evil.
"The very need to achieve something creative makes it necessary to leave the closed circle of group solipsism and to be interested in the object it wants to achieve." (p. 94)
Schwartz, H. S. (1990).  Narcissistic Process and Corporate Decay: The Theory of the Organizational Ideal.
"Thus, locating the return to narcissism at the head of the organization means more than establishing a direction toward the ego ideal. It involves establishing certain definite others, with their own way of looking at the world and at themselves and with their own history of actions, as already ideal. It involves, in other words, acquiescing to the perfection of some specific others as ones own moral obligation, collectively enforceable by all others who have done so and with whom one defines oneself as ideally in community. It legitimizes the coercion by the powerful that causes the less powerful to act out a drama whose theme is the perfection of the powerful. And it does so in such a way that the powerful can feel self-righteous about this coercion—as if they were performing a service or committing a sacrifice." (p. 24)
Glass, J. M. (1995).  Psychosis and Power: Threats to democracy in the self and the group.
"When groups act according to the narcissistic dictates of the ego ideal, when they seem focused only on a set of assumptions that reinforce closed systems of belief, groups have the potential of becoming psychotic. To put it another way, the collective regresses toward more absolutist forms of thinking." (p. 196)
Feinberg, M. (1995).  Why Smart People Do Dumb Things: Lessons from the New Science of Behavioral Economics.
"Levinson observes that many large companies, though they now hire and promote female executives, retain a significantly male orientation and patriarchal culture. He says, 'The combination of collective, masculine, competitive striving, attachment to aggressive self-images and established corporate structures, and efforts to avoid failure and indictment reinforce organizational narcissism.'" (p. 99)
"Narcissism is a nasty word. We would all instinctively reject the notion that we are narcissists. But it comes with the territory. In a talk he gave to a group of executives the psychologist Aaron Stern said that 'success, by definition, breeds narcissism.' Moreover the society in which we flourish celebrates narcissism." (p. 252)

See also: groupthink, organizational ideal, organizational psychodynamics

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  • Concept: group_narcissism
    • preferred: group narcissism
    • alternate: group solipsism
    • alternate: institutional narcissism
    • alternate: organizational narcissism
    • alternate: institutional imperative
    • definition: an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself; "self-love that shut out everyone else"
    • related: groupthink
    • related: organizational_ideal
    • broader: organizational_psychodynamics
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    • linked content:
      • sense: narcism
      • sense: narcissism
      • sense: self-love
      • self-love
      • in scheme:
      • gloss: an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself; "self-love that shut out everyone else"
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      • synset id: 104835260
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