Mindfulness in Organizations

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Type and Duration

Preproposal PhD-Thesis, since February 2020

Coordinator

Chair of Entrepreneurship and Leadership

Main Research

Growth and Complexity

Field of Research

Entrepreneurial Learning, Teamlearning

Description

The practice of mindfulness, that is, non-judgmental attention to present-moment experiences, originates in the Buddhist tradition. It is, however, not only a spiritual concept, but also a scientifically sound disposition that interacts with a variety of mental properties including the abilities to direct and sustain one's attention, and to regulate one's emotions. For example, when examined within organizational settings, it correlates positively with job performance, job satisfaction, and prosocial behavior; and negatively with impulsivity, hostility, and burnout, among others. Further, organizations themselves can be more or less mindful as a collective "hive mind." Yet, research on the application of mindfulness practices within organizational settings is still in its infancy. This doctoral project aims to explore the interaction between individual and collective mindfulness and their interactions with ethical and destructive leadership behaviors. Further, it aims to identify ways to improve them. Its results will deepen our understanding of organizations that allow their employees to thrive both professionally and personally.

Keywords

Leadership, Mindfulness, Personality