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The authors argue for the relevance of the collective mindfulness organizational and psychological determination research. The influence of organizational and psychological factors on cognitive processes of collective mindfulness is analyzed through conducting cross-cultural research on two samples of IT teams’ specialists: Italian (N=61 (48%); 16% female, 84% male; age: M=34,5; SD=4,59) and Russian (N=65 (52%); 27% female, 73% male; age: M=35,5; SD=5,03). Multiple linear regression analysis results have shown: the same set of organizational and psychological factors influence the cognitive processes of collective mindfulness in different ways depending on the cultural affiliation of respondents. Furthermore, there were found out the grounds to assume the dependence of the quality of the project product on the level of collective mindfulness via conducting content analysis of 10 interviews (4 managers and 6 employees; distribution by gender: 50% male and 50% female; work experience: M=5,2; SD=3,7).
Purpose. The scientific novelty of this work lies in its emphasis on the theoretical and empirical study of the organizational and socio-psychological determination of collective mindfulness, which is traditionally given the role of a reference point in the study of management practices that allow teams and organizations to operate in an almost “error-free” mode in conditions of uncertainty. Methodology. Tools for studying the level of collective mindfulness and its socio-psychological and organizational determinants within teams and enterprises are being proposed. Overall, 402 managers (201 men and 201 women) aged 23 to 45 years participated in the survey: 144 managers were from consulting sphere (39 men and 105 women), whereas 88 people from the information technology sphere (65 men and 23 women) and 170 people from the oil and gas industry (97 men and 73 women). Findings. The processes of collective mindfulness are determined by the degree of organizational collectivism within the organizational cultures of the enterprises studied (r vary from .529 to .627 at p < .001) and are determined by the support of management and colleagues (r vary from .522 to .613 for p < .001 and p < .01). It should be noted that despite the respondents’ high scores on the scales of “collective mindfulness”, the subjects scored low scores on the scales of “team reflexivity”, which may indicate the unwillingness of employees to participate in reflexive practices, despite the presence of the necessary organizational conditions. Values of the results. This paper should also function as an invite for further research along this line. To become a really valuable tool tough, further improvements in the methodology would be required. This could be an interesting field for psychologists and sociologists alike.
У збірнику Київського міжнародного університету й Інституту соціальної та політичної психології НАПН Украіни представлені результати теоретично-методологічних та експериментально-пошукових досліджень у різних галузях психологічної науки і психологічної практики. Авторами збірника є науковці, викладачі, докторанти, аспіранти, магістранти, співпошукачі, практичні працівники
Purpose. The article presents an analysis of approaches to the definition and operationalization of the concept of group resilience in organizations. The relevance of the study is due to the reduction in the life cycle of companies in the market, the need to take into account the long-term consequences of group decisions and the growing responsibility of teams in the organization to large social groups, the need to study the structure and factors of group resilience as a socio-psychological phenomenon that allows teams to remain effective in a risk society. Methodology. The tools for studying small groups resilience and its socio-psychological and organizational factors are being analyzed. Findings. An actual state of the scientific problem is described. Different concepts of small groups and organizational resilience are compared. The directions for further research are proposed. Implications for practice. The analysis carried out could serve as a basis for development of a valid instrument. Value of the results. The insights into the scientific problem of small group resilience within the organizations should still be provided in the further research. At the present moment, there is a shortage of the valid psychometric tools.
We address the external effects on public sector efficiency measures acquired using Data Envelopment Analysis. We use the health care system in Russian regions in 2011 to evaluate modern approaches to accounting for external effects. We propose a promising method of correcting DEA efficiency measures. Despite the multiple advantages DEA offers, the usage of this approach carries with it a number of methodological difficulties. Accounting for multiple factors of efficiency calls for more complex methods, among which the most promising are DMU clustering and calculating local production possibility frontiers. Using regression models for estimate correction requires further study due to possible systematic errors during estimation. A mixture of data correction and DMU clustering together with multi-stage DEA seems most promising at the moment. Analyzing several stages of transforming society’s resources into social welfare will allow for picking out the weak points in a state agency’s work.