Dr James Freund


Research Interests

My research into brand psychodynamics explores how stakeholders relate to organizations.

The public face of a corporation created by managers and paid agencies is dramatically different to images of the corporation created by critics and protestors. These conflicting images often reveal the corporate ego and the corporate unconscious respectively (i.e. what facts and ideas about itself the corporation is promoting and repressing).

This research investigates how organizations and individuals cope with the joys and fears of their vulnerability to macro-structural processes - especially financialization, globalization, climate change and Gaia. This research explores and augments psychodynamic theories of power.

I am supervising 2 PhDs: Erik Jacobi who is studying how markets are created via an ethnography of a London advertising agency, and Mariana Zerbin who is exploring how advertising creative directors feel and think about the cultural and ecological effects of their work.

Rev. Billy vs. the market: a sane man in a world of omnipotent fantasies
Freund, J. 09/2015 In: Journal of Marketing Management. 31, 13-14, p. 1529-1551. 23 p.
Journal article

Is there a gap in the market, and is there a market in the gap?: how advertising planning performs markets
Jacobi, E., Freund, J., Araujo, L. 2015 In: Journal of Marketing Management. 31, 1-2, p. 37-61. 25 p.
Journal article

Revenge of the brand monsters: how Goldman Sachs doppelganger turned monstrous
Freund, J., Jacobi, E. 13/02/2013 In: Journal of Marketing Management. 29, 1-2, p. 175-194. 20 p.
Journal article

Sustainable consumption: opportunities for consumer research and public policy
Prothero, A., Dobscha, S., Freund, J., Kilbourne, W.E., Luchs, M., Ozanne, L., Thogersen, J. 2011 In: Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. 30, 1, p. 31-38. 8 p.
Journal article

How research into consumer brand attitudes led to the creation of the O2 brand
Freund, J. 2009 In: Consumer Behaviour: A European Perspective. London and New York : Pearson Higher Education p. 361-366. 6 p. ISBN: 9780273717263.

Power and being: the roots of (un)sustainable progress
Freund, J. 2009 In: Third International Conference of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (Amsterdam) - 2009.
Conference contribution