Personlighedens Bestemmelse - Om Enneagrammets effekter i arbejdslivet

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Studenteropgave: Speciale


This thesis addresses the usage of the personality theory “The Enneagram” through an empirical study of a group of employees in an international company. The thesis takes a social constructionist approach and explores how meaning, identity and collegial relations are constructed within the discursive practices that are introduced and developed with the Enneagram. The methodology is qualitative and the study use focus group-interviews as empirical foundation. The thesis use Positioning Theory and Michel Foucault as theoretical framework and conceptualises the Enneagram as a pastoral power-technology. It analyses how the employees are positioned, and position themselves, within the discursive practices and understandings of the Enneagram and how the technology introduces certain truths that have specific effects on the employees’ work life, their understanding of themselves and each other. The overall conclusions are that the Enneagram, not only, becomes an important factor in structuring the employees’ work activities, but also, due to the exclusive focus on their personality, deteriorates their working conditions by tying problems and conflicts within the employees to these defined personalities and ignoring the circumstances. It is further concluded that the technology has far-reaching and inescapable consequences for the identity of the employees and, in some ways, complicate their working relations where the Enneagram conviction argues to improve them.

UddannelserPsykologi, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) KandidatVirksomhedsstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato1 jun. 2012
VejledereJo Krøjer


  • Enneagrammet, socialkonstruktionisme, fokusgruppeinterview,foucault,positioneringsteori,personlighed,kollegiale relationer, selvledelse, pastoralmagt, selvteknologi