The sociopathology of social collectives


  • Maurice Isaac Yolles Liverpool John Moores University


social collectives, sociopathology


Social collectives are today increasingly more complex. As a result their coherence suffers and their pathologies become more apparent. A theory that can create generic models of pathologies be will be explored in terms of the knowledge cybernetics schema. One of the outlying consequences of such a model is the realisation that many social collectives are spociopathic, working for their own perceived benefit (and sometimes duplicitously so) against the viable interests of the society in which they exist. This is not just a problem of ethics and many might suggest, but extends to ideology that ethics serve.

Author Biography

Maurice Isaac Yolles, Liverpool John Moores University

Professor on management systems, Liverpool Business School.



How to Cite

Yolles, M. I. (2007). The sociopathology of social collectives. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the ISSS - 2007, Tokyo, Japan, 51(2). Retrieved from



Organisational Transformation and Social Change