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Defensive routines and their origins

Thorsteinsdottir, Heidrun and Michelsen, Clive (2010)
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Purpose: Contribution to the understanding of defensive routines within the context of Landora Färgindustri. Research question: What are the explanatory factors behind defensive routines facing an individual within the context of their situational environment at Landora.
Methodology: Mixed methods with triangulation, deduction, qualitative and quantitative methods are used.
Conceptual Framework: The conceptual framework lies somewhere between motivation theorists, with their focus on needs, and post-modernist theorists, with their focus on identity construction or the self using PMP model (Michelsen, 2007) in combination with stress, and defense routine assessments in conjunction with supplementing models and theories. Empirical... (More)
Purpose: Contribution to the understanding of defensive routines within the context of Landora Färgindustri. Research question: What are the explanatory factors behind defensive routines facing an individual within the context of their situational environment at Landora.
Methodology: Mixed methods with triangulation, deduction, qualitative and quantitative methods are used.
Conceptual Framework: The conceptual framework lies somewhere between motivation theorists, with their focus on needs, and post-modernist theorists, with their focus on identity construction or the self using PMP model (Michelsen, 2007) in combination with stress, and defense routine assessments in conjunction with supplementing models and theories. Empirical Foundation: The empirical material was generated by means of the MMC Psychometric Assessments platform (PMP, DPA, SA, MA) conducted on-site via a computer terminal and internet connection log-on to a secure database. In addition to the automated platform interviews were held with each person concerning their answers, beliefs and understanding of the questions in relation to their situational environment.
Summary Findings: The correlation between defensive routines, PMP and the departments within Landora are significant. Production with the highest defensive routines shows the lowest PMP values, Sales with the lowest defensive routines also shows the highest PMP values, and naturally Administration between the two. Stress, as an independent variable, shows an obvious link to tensions within the PMP environment which in turn cause defensive routines to emerge. Naturally, other issues in regard leadership, communication, stimulation, and competency development all factors that can affect participation. However, our position remains the same, low PMP values will cause Defensive routines to inhibit an individual’s negotiation to participate while at the same time increasing stress. The empirical data shows that there is a direct connection between an individual’s defensive routines and a low PMP value. Furthermore, individual with increased defensive routines also showed higher the average stress within their departments and the organizational as a whole. Naturally, the qualitative data obtained during the interviews substantiated the claim that defensive routines caused by low PMP values inhibited the individual’s negotiation of participation. While most of this thesis has its focus on studying the effects of high defensive routines, in relation to PMP and stress, it is important to note that low defensive routines show high PMP values and low stress. Further advanced studies calculating the historical perspective in addition to variances within an individual’s norm as well as seasonal changes in individual, department and organizational patterns within ranges is extremely interesting. (Less)
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Thorsteinsdottir, Heidrun and Michelsen, Clive
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H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
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Defensive routines, Process theory of Perpetual Motivation Position (PMP), stress, individual balance, knowledge management, identity, leadership, Management of enterprises, Företagsledning, management
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Swedish
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1619775
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2010-06-03 00:00:00
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2012-04-02 18:17:37
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Methodology: Mixed methods with triangulation, deduction, qualitative and quantitative methods are used.
Conceptual Framework: The conceptual framework lies somewhere between motivation theorists, with their focus on needs, and post-modernist theorists, with their focus on identity construction or the self using PMP model (Michelsen, 2007) in combination with stress, and defense routine assessments in conjunction with supplementing models and theories. Empirical Foundation: The empirical material was generated by means of the MMC Psychometric Assessments platform (PMP, DPA, SA, MA) conducted on-site via a computer terminal and internet connection log-on to a secure database. In addition to the automated platform interviews were held with each person concerning their answers, beliefs and understanding of the questions in relation to their situational environment.
Summary Findings: The correlation between defensive routines, PMP and the departments within Landora are significant. Production with the highest defensive routines shows the lowest PMP values, Sales with the lowest defensive routines also shows the highest PMP values, and naturally Administration between the two. Stress, as an independent variable, shows an obvious link to tensions within the PMP environment which in turn cause defensive routines to emerge. Naturally, other issues in regard leadership, communication, stimulation, and competency development all factors that can affect participation. However, our position remains the same, low PMP values will cause Defensive routines to inhibit an individual’s negotiation to participate while at the same time increasing stress. The empirical data shows that there is a direct connection between an individual’s defensive routines and a low PMP value. Furthermore, individual with increased defensive routines also showed higher the average stress within their departments and the organizational as a whole. Naturally, the qualitative data obtained during the interviews substantiated the claim that defensive routines caused by low PMP values inhibited the individual’s negotiation of participation. While most of this thesis has its focus on studying the effects of high defensive routines, in relation to PMP and stress, it is important to note that low defensive routines show high PMP values and low stress. Further advanced studies calculating the historical perspective in addition to variances within an individual’s norm as well as seasonal changes in individual, department and organizational patterns within ranges is extremely interesting.},
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  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Defensive routines and their origins},
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