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Title: Cognitive management : using cognitive therapy to facilitate organisational change and learning
Author: Bevington, Jason P.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1999
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Employees in today's organisations face the challenge of coping with difficulties caused by constant change. Although an abundance of change management strategies and organisational learning initiatives are available, the literature is abound with examples of projects that have been ineffective. This thesis brings the organisational, clinical and cognitive levels of analysis together by exploring the efficacy of applying cognitive therapy to organisations. This psychotherapeutic approach has been used successfully and extensively in clinical psychology and psychiatry to identify and challenge people's interpretations of situations and events. Utilising a non-equivalent groups pre-test/ post-test design, it is hypothesised that 'cognitive management', a combination of cognitive therapy and organisational strategies, will help group members to identify and modify their work-related automatic thoughts and assumptions and consequently lead to improved employee well-being and effectiveness. As groups provide the foundations of many organisations, this method of working constitutes the focus of the research. The sample comprises of two teams (one intervention and one control) from the public sector and two teams (one intervention and one control) from the private sector. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used. The results of the empirical investigation suggest that cognitive management is effective in positively changing employees work-related thoughts, emotions and behaviours. Methodological considerations are discussed and further applications of cognitive management are outlined.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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