The Power of Awareness: Unlocking the Potential of Mindfulness in Organizations

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dc.contributor Hanken School of Economics, Department of Management and Organisation, Management and Organisation en
dc.contributor Svenska handelshögskolan, Institutionen för företagsledning och organisation, Företagsledning och organisation sv Ahlvik, Catarina 2019-08-12T13:38:45Z 2019-08-12T13:38:45Z 2019-08-12
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-389-7 (printed)
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-232-390-3 (PDF)
dc.identifier.issn 0424-7256 (printed)
dc.identifier.issn 2242-699X (PDF)
dc.description.abstract Today, the word mindfulness is so widely used that the profundity of this practice is sometimes overlooked. Furthermore, some articles, mostly in practitioner-oriented journals, have raised the concern of mindfulness practice having a pacifying effect on employees. This concern often stems from the notion of mindfulness having a non-judgmental component and the fear that this component may create complacency in the workplace. This is, however, a misreading of the practice, as non-judgement in this context refers to how to skillfully relate to one’s own experience. A non-judgmental attitude or attitudes such as acceptance and self-compassion are qualities that can facilitate contact with uncomfortable experiences and may thus diminish impulsive or defensive reactions. Thus, a non-judgmental attitude does not refer to complying with potentially disharmonious external conditions; rather, it enables turning towards and experiencing the present circumstances exactly as they are. In this thesis, I tackle this question in detail both theoretically and empirically, and show that mindfulness develops personal resources and may indeed be a powerful trigger for agency. Agency here refers to purposeful engagement with the social context, aiming to alter or maintain that context. Specifically, I argue that mindfulness may trigger what I refer to as institutional awareness, that is the ability to be aware of the emotional and cognitive impact of the institution in which you are embedded. Furthermore, I empirically show that mindfulness supports change-oriented behavior in organizations and that it does so through facilitating autonomous choice. Choices and actions are seen as autonomous when they are congruent with a person’s authentic interests and values. In line with previous research in clinical settings, I also show that mindfulness reduces, stress, burnout and increases the ability to detach from work after working hours. These findings are the result of a large-scale randomized field intervention, where 130 managers from four organizations in Finland participated in an 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course. sv
dc.language.iso en sv
dc.publisher Hanken School of Economics sv
dc.relation.ispartofseries Ekonomi och samhälle / Economics and society - 330 en
dc.subject mindfulness sv
dc.subject institutional awareness sv
dc.subject agency sv
dc.subject change-oriented behavior sv
dc.subject personal resource sv
dc.subject institutional theory sv
dc.subject self-determination theory sv
dc.subject job-resources demand theory sv
dc.subject.other Management and Organisation sv
dc.title The Power of Awareness: Unlocking the Potential of Mindfulness in Organizations sv
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:hanken-201908121220 2019-08-22

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