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David Gutmann

Executive Chairman

David is a co-founder of Praxis International. He works as an adviser in leadership to many managers both in France and abroad.

His vast experience was reinforced by a substantial conceptual education. As a former student at Sciences Po Paris and the Faculty of Law at Paris I University, he studied under Maurice Duverger and was influenced by the works of Wilfred Bion.

He has written several leading books and articles on institutional transformation and has lectured at Sciences Po as well as the National School of Administration (ENA). As executive vice president of the International Forum for Social Innovation (IFSI), he heads the Leading Consultation programme in partnership with the School of Management at Bath University (UK). Leading Consultation has trained several dozen managers and consultants over the last twenty years.

David is recognised internationally, having presided over the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Process (IAGP). He is regularly invited by universities abroad and has inspired and led numerous international workshops on institutional transformation in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.

As a man of action and of passion, David is a federal ski instructor and also enjoys tennis and rugby. He considers rugby to be a major source of inspiration for the business world.


  • D. Gutmann, From Transformation to TransformaCtion, Karnac Books, London, UK, 2009
  • D. Gutmann, avec F.-M. Van der Rest, J. Ternier-David, C. Verrier , J.-F. Millat, Disillusionment, Dialogue of Lacks. Karnac ed., London, UK, 2004
  • D. Gutmann, avec O. Iarussi Psychoanalysis and Management. The Transformation, London, Karnac Books, U.K and USA, 2003
research articles
  • D. Gutmann avec S. Toral, «The Founding Trauma: Moving from Original Sin to TransformaCtion», Psychoanalysis Inquiry, USA, A PARAÎTRE
  • D. Gutmann avec J.-F. Millat, «The Nuclear Accident of Fukushima (March 2011): A Revealed Work Area for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes», Forum, 2013
  • D. Gutmann, M. Gutmann, «Dauphins et requins : Flipper, les dents de la mer, orca», Annales des mines, Gérer et comprendre, septembre 2012
  • D. Gutmann, avec M. Velarde Lazarte, C. Verrier, «Unconscious and Politics, How To Explore Black And White In Colors?» (to be published in the forum of IAGP), 2007
  • Avec A. Berman, M. Berger and D. Gutmann «The Division into Us and Them as a Universal Social Structure», Mind and Human Interaction vol. 11 (Trauma & Identity) n°1-2000, International Universities Press, Inc. Connecticut, USA, 2000
  • D. Gutmann, avec J. Ternier-David, C. Verrier, «From Envy to Desire: Witnessing the Transformation», French, R, Vince, R. Group Relations, Management and Organisation, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999
  • D. Gutmann, avec R. Pierre, «Consultation and Transformation : Between Shared Management and Generative Leadership», Dynamic Consultation in a Changing Workplace, Psychological Press, Madison, CT, 1999
  • D. Gutmann, «Transformation du language, transformation sociale». Proceedings of the International Conference «AT the Threshold of the Millennium», SIDEA & PromPeru, Lima, 15-23 April, 1998.
  • D. Gutmann, avec R. Pierre, J. Ternier-David, C. Verrier, «The Paths of Authority: from the Unconscious to the Transcendental. Intervention at the Arab University of Jerusalem», Feelings work in Europe, Guerini Studio, Milano, 1997
    «Los caminos de la autoridad: del más acá al más allá. Intervención en la Universidad Arabe de Jerusalém», Perspectivas de Gestion, n°2, Barcelona, 1997
    «Die Wege des Autorität: vom Unbewubten zum Transzendentalen. Interventionen an der Arabischen Universität von Jerusalem Organisationsentwicklung», n°1/98, Basel, 1998
  • D. Gutmann, avec J. Ternier-David, C. Verrier, «Transformation et Collusion. De la conformation à l’alliance», Insight, n°3, Bari, Italie, Management et Conjoncture Sociale n°507, Paris, 1996
  • D. Gutmann, avec J. Ternier-David, C. Verrier, «Paradoxer och förvandling i konsultrollen : Från reparation till uppenbarelse» (Paradoxe et transformation dans le rôle de consultant : de la réparation à la révélation), Den svårfångade organisationen, Stockholm, 1996
  • D. Gutmann, avec J. Ternier-David, C. Verrier, «Gruppe og transformation» (Groupes et transformation), Ubevidste Processer, Copenhague, 1995
  • D. Gutmann, avec C. Sandler «Reduction in the Effectiveness of Social Systems as a Defence Against Anxiety», Career Development Worldwide: «How to Learn from Each Other», Journal of Career Development, Vol 20, n° 1, USA, 1993
  • D. Gutmann, «Vers une nouvelle culture urbaine. La formation, moteur du développement urbain», Rencontres de Marne-la-Vallée, Altamira, 1993
  • D. Gutmann, «The Decline of Traditional Defences Against Anxiety», Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Group Relations, Keble College, Oxford, AK Rice Institute, Le déclin des défenses traditionnelles contre l’anxiété, Notes de Conjonctures Sociales n° 342, Paris, 1989
  • D. Gutmann, «Pouvoir et autorité», Lettre de la Société Internationale des Conseillers de Synthèse, Paris, 1983
The work of an adviser in leadership, an interview by Serge Moati