lunes, 15 de marzo de 2010

4th International Nonlinear Science Conference

Durante los días 15-17 de marzo se está celebrando en Palermo, Italia, esta conferencia internacional dedicada al estudio de los sistemas complejos.

Aquí podréis encontrar más información sobre el evento:

Algunos de nosotros hemos presentado la siguiente comunicación 'Healthy variability: chaos in productive organizational behavior'. Os dejamos el abstract así como la presentación utilizada:

Healthy variability: chaos in productive organizational behaviour

Authors: José Navarro1, Lucía Ceja2, Pedro J. Ramos1, Carlos Arrieta3 and Antonio L. García-Izquierdo4

1 Social Psychology Department, University of Barcelona, Spain

2 IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Spain

3 Psychology School, University of Costa Rica, Costa Rica

4 Psychology Department, University of Oviedo, Spain


Research in organizational behaviour has stressed the stability and linearity of phenomena. For this reason, techniques derived from the general linear model (GLM) have been imposed on the scientific activity in the area. However, since the 90's, there has been a sea of evidence showing, that stability and linearity, seem to be the exception and not the rule in organizational behaviour. In this paper, we present three studies that we have recently conducted using different methodological techniques based on the complexity sciences (recurrence analysis, Lyapunov exponents and surrogate data); with different samples of employees (N = 48 and N = 60) and professional basketball players (N = 94). Our findings reveal strong evidence of nonlinear and chaotic behaviour in work motivation, flow and individual and team effectiveness. Specifically, over 80% of the cases examined, showed a chaotic dynamic pattern. What has been most interesting is the finding that chaotic dynamic behaviour is associated with high levels of these variables. That is, workers exhibiting high levels of motivation and flow as well as high-performance athletes are precisely those that show chaotic dynamics. These findings are in line with the “healthy chaos” thesis developed in the biological and physiological fields, and should help us to understand that the chaotic within-individual fluctuations found in work motivation, flow and individual and team effectiveness, are not anomalous functioning that should be avoided. Instead, it should be regarded as a dynamic, positive, and healthy behaviour. Moreover, our findings put forward the benefits of using nonlinear analyses as opposed to the techniques derived from the GLM.


1 comentario:

Paco dijo...

Muy interesante, pero no he podido acceder a la comunicación, podrías poner un resumen o conclusiones, en el blogg, la pena por lo que comentas es que continuan habiendo muy pocos estudios empíricos.