Th-SYM-2688-6 - Learning How To See Beyond One's NoseA Simulation-Based Training On Interdisciplinary Perspective Taking

Leadership Development
Thursday May 18   04:15 PM to 05:15 PM (1 hour)
Leadership and management
Leadership Development
Learning how to see beyond one’s nose
A simulation-based training on interdisciplinary perspective taking
J. Netzel 1,*, M. Schmidt-Huber 1, D. Frey 1, E. Schmid 2 on behalf of EAWOP17-SYMPOSIUM-2688 and EAWOP17-SYMPOSIUM-2688
1Ludwig Maximilians Universität München, 2Technische Universität München, München, Germany
Main Abstract Content: PurposeInterdisciplinarity is essential to current work life. However, facing different work-styles provokes conflicts as they are often perceived as threats. As a rising number of conflicts come along with high costs for many organizations, we believe in perspective taking as to
to seek synergy by inviting to new perceptions. Thus, the overall purpose of our research is to analyze the trainability of perspective taking and its opportunities for professional cooperation in general, and interdisciplinary cooperation and leadership in particular. Based on the theoretical distinction of active and effective perspective taking by Parker, Atkins, and Axtell (2008) we develop and conducted a perspective taking training focusing on the simulation and experience of critical events and behaviors. We rely our analyses on a sample of young physicians whose interdisciplinary functioning with nurses is central to patient care and safety.
Design/MethodologyWe used two approches to test training effectiveness: An intervention-control-group design based on self-reflective data of 46 training participants and 126 control group participants (n = 172), and a between-subjects design using behavioral data of training participants (n = 38).
ResultsResults proved trainability of perspective taking and its positive impact on interdisciplinary attutides and perceptions as well as on related communication and conflict behaviors.
LimitationsBy focusing solely on one discipline future research may profit a multi-angle demonstration of intervention effects captured by self- and other-assessments.
Research/Practical ImplicationsWe have demonstrated that a simulation-based training can enhance the complex multidimensional competency of perspective taking.
Originality/ValueTo our best knowledge, we were the first to empirically test and confirm the advantages of differentiating between active and effective perspective taking.

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