Edward H Powley

Edward H Powley
Naval Postgraduate School | NPS · Graduate School of Business and Policy Policy

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This article elaborates the organizational literature’s process theory of compassion – an empathic response to suffering – which falls short of adequately explaining why and how compassion unfolds readily in some workplace situations or settings but not in others. We address this shortcoming by calling attention to the basic uncertainty of sufferin...
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Management schools must be prepared to aid leaders and managers to succeed in uncertain environments. We offer two approaches, each designed for critical thinking skill development, to teach graduate management students about leading in and through potential disruption to organizational life. First, we present a personalized case method that relies...
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Though conceptually distinct, the fields of positive organizational scholarship (POS) and management, spirituality, and religion (MSR) consider various phenomena in common. In this paper, we address a range of topics that both disciplines explore, as well as topics that are exclusive to one domain but that may inform and enrich the other. We identi...
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Teaching Notes for Leading Healing in a Broken Unit, by Edward H. Powley and Scott N. Taylor. Source material for this case study comes from the following: the first-hand experiences of an officer embedded within the ground combat element of a Marine Air Ground Task Force; reports on the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq and Afghan...
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A common concern raised in opposition to Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is that a focus on life-giving images in organizations tends to suppress negative voices. It is supposed that AI sees little value in skeptical, cynical, or negative perspectives. However, when AI is properly understood, all voices - both positive and negative - are seen as essentia...
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Organizational healing refers to the work of repairing practices, routines, and structures in the face of disruption and strengthening organizational functioning through social relationships. Healing, more than resilience, coping, or recovery, enables greater organizational strength than what previously existed. Its unique characteristics make it a...
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Organizations have and will continue to face threats and crisis from a number of sources. We study trust from a contingency theory framework and hypothesize that trust levels vary depending on different organizational designs. Using data from the laboratory experimentation tool ELICIT, a multiplayer simulation, we examine the effect of trust levels...
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Disruptions to operational and organizational processes represent an important area of study for organizational scholars. Although scholars and practitioners have written much about prevention and post-crisis communication and management, this chapter focuses on how organizations heal. Organizational healing is a process that focuses on compassiona...
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The government purchasing market constitutes the largest business sector in the world. While marketers would benefit from a deep understanding of both sectors, how the two sectors differ in terms of ethics and strategy largely remains unknown. The purpose of this research, therefore, is to explore differences between the for-profit and not-for-prof...
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Corporations are collaborating to meet complex global challenges heretofore considered beyond the mandate of business leaders. These multi organizational consortia are not philanthropic efforts but operate within market parameters with limited input from Non Governmental Organizations. In order to examine some dynamics of successful collaborative p...
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When service men and women deploy into a theater of operation, they encounter a sustained series of stressors unlike any they would encounter elsewhere. To mitigate the cumulative effect of these stressors on their units and individuals, leaders and unit members must be able to assist one another to effectively cope under stressful conditions. We b...
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Our aim in this chapter is twofold: first, to review briefly the history of the hermeneutic traditions; second, to examine its influence in organization studies. We begin with a review of hermeneutic philosophy including ancient Greek origins and Biblical hermeneutics. We then delve more deeply into the work of 20th-century hermeneutic philosophy,...
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When external events disrupt the normal flow of organizational and relational routines and practices, an organization’s latent capacity to rebound activates to enable positive adaptation and bounce back. This article examines an unexpected organizational crisis (a shooting and standoff in a business school) and presents a model for how resilience b...
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When external events disrupt the normal flow of organizational and relational routines and practices, an organization’s latent capacity to rebound activates to enable positive adaptation and bounce back. This article examines an unexpected organizational crisis (a shooting and standoff in a business school) and presents a model for how resilience b...
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Trust research assumes organizational managers ought to establish high levels of trust. Research also suggests trust is decreasing and therefore raises an important managerial dilemma. We study trust from a contingency theory framework and hypothesize that trust levels may vary depending on different organizational designs. Using the ELICIT multipl...
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Most research assumes organizational managers should establish high levels of trust. Other scholars suggest trust is declining and therefore raises an important managerial dilemma. We present a study of trust based on contingency theory and hypothesize that trust levels may vary depending on alternative organizational designs. Using ELICIT, a multi...
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The authors extend the metaphor of wound healing in medicine to organizations and propose a model of organizational healing. Organizational healing differs from resilience, hardiness, and recovery and refers to the actual work of repairing and mending the collective social fabric of an organization after crisis. Using a qualitative research study b...
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This chapter examines how organizations heal after major trauma. The authors introduce the concept of organizational healing and differentiate it from resilience, adaptation, and hardiness. Healing refers to the actual work of repairing and mending the collective social fabric of an organization after experiencing a threat or shock to its system. U...
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This paper examines how organizations heal after major trauma. We introduce the concept of organizational healing, which is different from resilience, adaptation, and hardiness. It refers to the actual work of repairing and mending the collective social fabric of an organization after some threat or shock to its system. Using a qualitative research...
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This article describes how managers and executives can use Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to promote democratic organizing to involve multiple stakeholders and generate strategic policy. Planned, temporary spaces where democratic organizing can occur may benefit and enhance the change capacity of command and control cultures without replacing or discoun...
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This article describes how managers and executives can use Appreciative Inquiry (AI) to promote democratic organizing to involve multiple stakeholders and generate strategic policy. Planned, temporary spaces where democratic organizing can occur may benefit and enhance the change capacity of command and control cultures without replacing or discoun...
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This paper presents a framework to study organizational change using the metaphor of ritual. Concepts of myth and ritual facilitate understanding of change interventions. A qualitative study of Appreciative Inquiry helped answer the question: what mechanisms or processes explain the effect of the Appreciative Inquiry Summit? Four mechanisms, based...
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Several authors have suggested that a paradigm shift is occurring in the worldview of people in organizations. A comparison of ASQ articles from 1957 to 1997 provides limited evidence of such a shift. Our results imply that a modest shift is occurring in the assumptions of holism, perspectival observation, and cooperation. The TWV assumptions of re...

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