Learning paradox: Antecedents and mechanisms of paradox mindset development

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Reference

Boemelburg, R., Zimmermann, A., & Palmié, M. (2020). Learning paradox: Antecedents and mechanisms of paradox mindset development. Presented at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Virtual.

Publication type

Presentation at Scholarly Conference

Abstract

As organizations face persistent, contradictory demands, the individual managerial ability to manage such paradoxes is highly relevant for organizational viability. While research in this area is generally scarce, the newly introduced construct of paradox mindset describes lasting interindividual differences in the ability to manage paradoxical tensions. We build on psychological mindset theory to formulate a socio-psychological model of paradox mindset development to clarify the antecedents of this crucial construct for the first time. Based on primary data from 199 employees of two Central European companies, we find strong support for our model: Leadership behaviors in line with our theoretical influence angles predict higher paradox mindset in followers, and this effect is fully mediated through follower`s engagement in paradoxical tasks.

Research

Developing leaders for a complex world: The emergence and effects of charismatic leadership and organizational unlearning
FFF-Förderprojekt, March 2019 until December 2021

Effective leadership allows companies to navigate the uncertainties inherent in rapidly changing markets. These challenges are usually met by high adaptability, which relies on a managerial force ... more ...

Tackling the Complexity of Managing Paradoxes
FFF-Förderprojekt, May 2018 until August 2020 (finished)

Companies and organizations in general are facing an ever growing set of expectations from their different stakeholders. They are supposed to be efficient and profitable, they must be innovative and ... more ...

Persons

Organizational Units

  • Institute for Entrepreneurship
  • Chair of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management