Professor Mark Stein

Chair of Leadership and ManagementMark Stein

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Personal details

Mark Stein has a First Class BA Honours degree from the University of Warwick; an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics; an MPhil from the University of Cambridge; and a PhD from Brunel University.

Mark has been a Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Brunel University, and a Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute. He has held visiting or associate posts at the Tavistock Clinic, London Business School, Helsinki University of Technology, and INSEAD, Fontainebleau. He is currently an advisor to the Centre for Organizational Psychology, Roskilde University, Denmark.

Mark has been an External Doctoral Examiner at HEC Paris, the Tavistock Clinic, Royal Holloway University of London, and the University of Bath, and was an external examiner at the University of Oxford between 2009-2011. He reviews papers for numerous scholarly journals and is on the Editorial Board of ‘Journal of Management Inquiry’ and the International Advisory Board of ‘Organisational and Social Dynamics’. Previously, he spent a decade on the International Editorial Panel of ‘Human Relations’, was on the International Editorial Board of ‘Organization Studies’, and was an Associate Editor of ‘Organisational and Social Dynamics’. He has also received funding from the DTI, the Marine Safety Agency, and the Tavistock Institute for Medical Psychology. His publications include two edited books and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

Mark has had a long-standing connection with INSEAD, Fontainebleau, and specifically INSEAD’s International Global Leadership Centre, Consulting and Coaching for Change Masters’ Programme, and Organizational Behaviour Department. At various times Mark has been the director of leadership workshops; external assessor; research collaborator; Adjunct Professor; and Visiting Scholar at INSEAD.

In 2005 Mark received an Emerald Citation of Excellence for his paper on the ‘critical period of disasters’ (published in ‘Human Relations’ in 2004). Of 15,000 management publications worldwide that year, the citation is awarded to the top 50.

In 2007 Mark received the Richard Normann Prize, held in trust by Templeton College (University of Oxford) between the years 2005-2008. The prize is intended to reward ‘outstanding insights into the service economy, value co-production, and business innovation and change’. For his work on toxicity – and based on an abridged version of his paper published in ‘Organization Studies’ in 2007 – Mark was in fact the only-ever recipient of the award.

In June 2012 Mark received the iLab prize for innovative scholarship, co-sponsored by the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and the Swiss-based Imagination Foundation Laboratory. The award – a diploma and 12,000 Swiss Francs – was for his stream of scholarship using psychoanalytic ideas in relation to organizations and for his credit crisis paper (published in ‘Organization’ in 2011) in particular. The award was presented at the EURAM Annual Conference in Holland.

In August 2012, together with co-author Jonathan Pinto of Imperial College London, Mark received the ‘Group & Organization Management’ best paper prize for the article ‘A Gang at Work in Enron’. The plaque was presented at the annual Academy of Management Conference in Boston, USA.

Mark has given keynote presentations at conferences in London (Organisation for Promoting the Understanding of Society, 2009); Roskilde (Centre for Organizational Psychology Inaugural Conference, 2011); Turin (Envy at Work Conference, 2011); Milan (Italian Association of Psychosocioanalysis, 2013); Limerick (International Developing Leadership Capacity Conference, 2013); Oxford (International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations, 2013); Athens (Greek Leadership Congress, 2014); and Lancaster (International Studying Leadership Conference, 2015).

Mark has been involved in running leadership development workshops for many years, including at the Tavistock Clinic, OPUS, London Business School, INSEAD, and the University of Leicester. He was also Director of the Leadership Module on the MBA at Imperial College London and has taught on the Oxford University/HEC ‘Consulting and Coaching for Change’ Master’s Programme.

Mark’s work has been reported in various newspapers, media and blogs around the world. His work has been translated into French, German and Italian, and he has been interviewed by INSEAD Knowledge, TV3 Malaysia, BBC World Service and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme. His work has also been featured in the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and City A.M.

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  • Leadership
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Organisational Analysis
  • Strategy


Mark’s research interests lie in the fields of leadership; groups and teams; organisational learning; the customer-employee interface; human and organisational aspects of risk and disaster; emotions in organisations; emotions in finance; financial institutions; emotional intelligence; ethics; systems psychodynamics and the psychoanalytic study of organisations.



Selected publications

Stein, M (2016 – forthcoming). The Othello Conundrum: The Inner Contagion of Leadership. In Envy at Work and in Organizations, Smith, R.H., Merlone, U. and Duffy, M.K. (Eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stein, M (2016). ‘Fantasy of Fusion’ as a Response to Trauma: European Leaders and the Origins of the Eurozone Crisis. Organization Studies. Published online ahead of print on 5 February 2016 (Doi: 10.1177/0170840615622070).

Stein, M. (2015) Double Trouble: Sibling Rivalry and Twin Organizations in the 2008 Credit Crisis. British Journal of Management, 26(2), 182-196.

Stein, M. (2015). Toxizat und das Unbewusste Erleben der Koerpers von Angestellten und Kunden. In Sozioanalyse und psychosoziale Dynamik von Organisationen. Sievers, B. (Ed.). Gießen, Germany: Psychosozial-Verlag.

Stein, M. (2013) Review of: ‘Towards a Socioanalysis of Money, Finance and Capitalism: Beneath the Surface of the Financial Industry’ by Long, S. and Sievers, B. (Eds) Organisational and Social Dynamics 13(2), 178-181.

Stein, M. (2013) A Culture of Mania: A Psychoanalytic View of the Incubation of the 2008 Credit Crisis. In Psychoanalytic Essays on Power and Vulnerability. Brunning, H. (Ed). Karnac: London.

Stein, M. (2013) Toxicity and the Unconscious Experience of the Body at the Employee-Customer Interface. In Directions in Critical Marketing Studies. Tadajewski, M. and Cluley, R. (Eds). Sage: London.

Stein, M. (2013) Il trauma della guerra nell’eurozona: Come l’ombra della guerra e gli stati-gang hanno condotto alla moneta unica e alla sua crisi. Ariele Journal, Milan.

Stein, M. (2013) When Does Narcissistic Leadership Become Problematic? Dick Fuld at Lehman Brothers. Journal of Management Inquiry 22(3), 282-293.

Petriglieri, G. and Stein, M. (2012) The Unwanted Self: Projective Identification in Leaders’ Identity Work. Organization Studies 33(9), 1217-1235.

Stein, M. and Pinto, J. (2011) The Dark Side of Groups: A “Gang at Work” in Enron. Group & Organization Management 36(6), 692-721.

Stein, M. (2011) A Culture of Mania: A Psychoanalytic View of the Incubation of the 2008 Credit Crisis. Organization 18(2), 173-186.

Stein, M. (2011) Toxicity and the Unconscious Experience of the Body at the Employee-Customer Interface. In Psychoanalytic Reflections on a Changing World. Brunning, H. (Ed). Karnac: London.

Stein, M. (2010). Oedipus Rex at Enron: Leadership, Oedipal Struggles, and Organizational Collapse. In Psychoanalytic Perspectives on a Turbulent World. Brunning, H. and Perini, M. (Eds). Karnac: London.

Stein, M. (2009) Toxizat und das unbewusste Erleben der Koerpers von Angestellten und Kunden. Freie Assoziation 12(1), 51-72.

Stein, M. (2008) Risk. In Gabriel, Y. (Ed) Organizing Words. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Stein, M. (2007) Toxicity and the Unconscious Experience of the Body at the Employee-Customer Interface. Organization Studies 28(08), 1223-1241.

Stein, M. (2007) Oedipus Rex at Enron: Leadership, Oedipal Struggles, and Organizational Collapse. Human Relations 60(9), 1387-1410.

Stein, M. (2005) The Othello Conundrum: The Inner Contagion of Leadership. Organization Studies 26(9), 1405-1419.

Stein, M. (2004) The Critical Period of Disasters: Insights from Sensemaking and Psychoanalytic Theory. Human Relations 57(10), 1243-126.

Gould, L., Stapley, L. and Stein, M (Eds) (2004) Experiential Learning in Organizations: Applications of the Tavistock Group Relations Approach. London: Karnac.

Stein, M. (2004) Theories of Experiential Learning and the Unconscious. In Gould, L., Stapley, L. and Stein, M (Eds) Experiential Learning in Organizations: Applications of the Tavistock Group Relations Approach. London: Karnac.

Stein, M. (2003) Unbounded Irrationality: Risk and Organizational Narcissism at Long Term Capital Management. Human Relations 56(5), 523-540.

Gould, L., Stapley, L. and Stein, M (Eds) (2001) The Systems Psychodynamics of Organizations: Integrating Group Relations, Psychoanalytic and Open Systems Perspectives. London: Karnac.

Stein, M. (2000) The Risk Taker as Shadow: A Psychoanalytic View of the Collapse of Barings Bank. Journal of Management Studies 37(8), 1215-1229.

Stein, M. (2000) After Eden: Envy and the Defences against Anxiety Paradigm. Human Relations 53 (2), 193-211.

Stein, M. (2000) “Winners” Training and its Troubles. Personnel Review 29 (4), 445-459.

Stein, M. (1998) Projective Identification in Management Education. Journal of Managerial Psychology 13(8), 558-566.

Stein, M. (1997) Envy and Leadership. European Journal of Work and Organisation Psychology 6 (4), 453-465.

Stein, M. (1996) Unconscious Phenomena in Work Groups. In West, M. (Ed) Handbook of Work Group Psychology. Chichester: Wiley.

Dyer-Smith, M. and Stein, M (1993) Human Resourcing in the European Marine Industry. European Review of Applied Psychology 43 (1), 5-10.

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