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    Does meaning matter

    Fear, William J. (2014) Does meaning matter. OP Matters (23),

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    Abstract

    The role of meaning is receiving increasing levels of theoretical attention in mainstream psychology but less so in empirical work (Park, 2010), and even less in the psychology of work and in relation to organizations. Advocates of the construct of wellbeing may wish to differ on this. The challenge, with respect to the construct of wellbeing, is to demonstrate evidence of the related, and resolutely grounded, theory and empirical work. But then psychology in relation to organizations and organizing is all too often either relegated to a level of technical competence – a hangover from the onslaught of rabid positivism – or denigrated as being concerned with ‘what happens between the ears’. The latter comment is taken from an FT45 journal (the top 45 business and management journals listed by the Financial Times).The role of meaning is receiving increasing levels of theoretical attention in mainstream psychology but less so in empirical work (Park, 2010), and even less in the psychology of work and in relation to organizations. Advocates of the construct of wellbeing may wish to differ on this. The challenge, with respect to the construct of wellbeing, is to demonstrate evidence of the related, and resolutely grounded, theory and empirical work. But then psychology in relation to organizations and organizing is all too often either relegated to a level of technical competence – a hangover from the onslaught of rabid positivism – or denigrated as being concerned with ‘what happens between the ears’. The latter comment is taken from an FT45 journal (the top 45 business and management journals listed by the Financial Times).

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Organizational Psychology
    Depositing User: William Fear
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2015 12:52
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2015 12:58
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/11864

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