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Mindfulness in cooperation and the psychodynamics in high-reliability-organizations

Langemeyer, Ines


High reliability can be seen as a quality of collective and collaborative work activities which ensure that damages and disasters are avoided. Especially dealing with advanced technologies – like infrastructures of energy or medical supply or information processing – require high reliability since damage can be extensive. According to research conducted by Karl Weick and Kathleen Sutcliffe, this particular quality of ‘high reliability’ at work emerges from collaborative activities and dynamics in teams. It is called ‘mindfulness’ which indicates that workers are prepared to notice relevant changes in complex processes and to anticipate risk that will need intervention. However, explanations of mindfulness often refer to the individual mind only. The teams’ capacity to collaborate intellectually remains the question. The theoretical problem consists in determining the relationship between the organizational and the individual plane of development. Therefore, a model to understand the psychodynamics of mindfulness in cooperation is presented and explained in view of the scientification of work. Against this background, societal problems of collaboration within competitive occupational systems or alienated forms of work are revisited.

Postprint §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000117710
Veröffentlicht am 11.12.2020
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Berufspädagogik und Allgemeine Pädagogik (IBAP)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsdatum 10.12.2019
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1746-739X
KITopen-ID: 1000117710
Erschienen in Annual Review of Critical Psychology
Band 16
Seiten 1237-1257
Schlagwörter Mindfulness, high reliability organizations, cooperative competence, scientification of work, action research, activity theory
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