The power of being present at work : co-creative process inquiry as a developmental approach

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en
dc.contributor.author Takanen, Terhi
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-26T13:31:38Z
dc.date.available 2013-11-26T13:31:38Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.isbn 978-952-60-5088-1
dc.identifier.issn 1799-4934
dc.identifier.uri https://aaltodoc.aalto.fi/handle/123456789/11571
dc.description.abstract In this action research, the research task was to develop different ways of being present at work. The research is based on relational constructionism as a meta-theory, and through empirical study, this action research shows what this could mean in practice in development work. The context of co-inquiry was a long-term development project in one department of the Finnish Ministry of Finance, called the Office for the Government as Employer (later OGE). Ways of being present at work show up in different ways of relating to/with oneself and others, and the quality of relating has an impact on well-being and productivity in organizations. Studies that take being present in action not only as a subject of study but also as a research orientation have been missing in the area of development work. From this point, the work is positioned in relation to a) a philosophy of science that centers on an ongoing process in which the researcher participates (relational constructionism), b) more local theories of mindfulness and being present, and c) related methodologies and methods of participative development work. I explored the research task through five questions in this thesis. First, how did we carry on development work together OGE? Second, what kind of relating emerged in particular moments and then, how was the soft self-other relating invited in those moments? Third, how did we practice being present in our developmental work? Fourth, what kind of way of developing enabled different ways of being present at work? Finally, does Co-Creative Process Inquiry (one result of this study) differ from other developmental approaches? Through empirical work, the research illuminates how relational constructionism as a metatheory could be put into practice. It shows how relations can shift from hard differentiation (subject-object) to soft self-other relating. The research also shows how new ways of relating can be invited and facilitated by practicing being present. One result is a detailed description of Co-Creative Process Inquiry as an emerging developmental approach. Hence, the research contributes to action research methodology and the studies of development work. It also produces new practices to being present not only to research work but also to work life, and participates in discussions about mindfulness in developmental work. Another central contribution is a presentation of how the development process was carried on and how we practiced being present in action. These findings are organized under the following five themes 1) from making changes toward participating by giving space, 2) from stable structures to enabling structures, called microcosms, 3) from visioning and planning the future towards embodying it in the here and now, 4) from thinking-mode towards embodied sensing, 5) from result-oriented evaluating towards on-going storytelling in the here and now en
dc.format.extent 224 s.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Aalto University en
dc.publisher Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries Aalto University publication series. DOCTORAL DISSERTATIONS fi
dc.relation.ispartofseries 52/2013 fi
dc.title The power of being present at work : co-creative process inquiry as a developmental approach en
dc.type G4 Monografiaväitöskirja fi
dc.contributor.school Kauppakorkeakoulu fi
dc.contributor.school School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Johtaminen ja kansainvälinen liiketoiminta fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Management and International Business en
dc.identifier.urn URN:ISBN:978-952-60-5088-1
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Organisaatiot ja johtaminen fi
dc.programme.major Organization and Management en
dc.type.ontasot Väitöskirja (monografia) fi
dc.type.ontasot Doctoral dissertation (monograph) en
dc.contributor.supervisor Räsänen, Keijo, professor
dc.opn Hosking, Dian Marie, professor, Utrecht University, Netherlands
dc.subject.helecon työ
dc.subject.helecon organisaatio
dc.subject.helecon kehitys
dc.subject.helecon organisaation kehittäminen
dc.subject.helecon tuottavuus
dc.subject.helecon hyvinvointi
dc.subject.helecon toimintatutkimus
dc.subject.helecon mindfulness
dc.subject.helecon work
dc.subject.helecon organization
dc.subject.helecon development
dc.subject.helecon organizational development
dc.subject.helecon productivity
dc.subject.helecon welfare
dc.subject.helecon action research
dc.date.defence 2013-05-03
dc.dissid 479
dc.identifier.bibid 634674


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