Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Mindfulness: A Practice for Improved Middle Manager Decision Making
by Larson-Garcia, Carolynn, D.Mgt., University of Maryland University College, 2017, 192; 10640356
Abstract (Summary)

The field of management’s growing interest in mindfulness appears to stem from the increasing need for new ways to deal with the complexities of ambiguous and uncertain environments. This dissertation examined the context of middle managers faced with the heavy burden of making an increasing number of decisions under difficult conditions and the intervention of mindfulness for improved decision outcomes. By means of a systematic review, with a realist synthesis approach, evidence-based research was carried out to address the research question: How does mindfulness affect middle managers for improved decision making? The findings identified the middle manager context as one characterized by a lack of knowledge, involvement, and understanding of the firm strategy. They are expected to act with strategic agency without awareness of strategic plans. This leads not only to frustration but a reliance on intuition rather than reasoning for decision making. The mindfulness findings showed increased cognitive [mindful] awareness and increased cognitive flexibility enabling a highbred mindful rationality, where increased strategic awareness and reduced negative affect improved decision making. The implications from this research suggest mindfulness may provide both the cognitive and emotional states necessary for middle managers to improve their decision making.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dent, Eric B., Wharff, Deborah M.
School: University of Maryland University College
Department: Management
School Location: United States -- Maryland
Source: DAI-A 79/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Business administration, Management, Cognitive psychology
Keywords: Cognitive flexibility, Decision making, Middle managers, Mindful awareness, Mindfulness, Systematic review
Publication Number: 10640356
ISBN: 9780355660128
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