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Harmony Strategies for Human-Centered Chance Discovery

Ruediger Oehlmann
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Ruediger Oehlmann: Kingston University London, UK

International Journal of Organizational and Collective Intelligence (IJOCI), 2011, vol. 2, issue 4, 31-47

Abstract: Taking the stance that a harmonious situation facilitates improved scenario creation of an expert team involved in chance discovery, a study has been conducted with the objective to identify strategies of increasing interpersonal harmony. A cultural practice that emphasises harmony is the Japanese tea ceremony. Therefore four tea ceremonies with the characteristics of novice/high formality, novice, lower formality, expert/high formality, and expert/lower formality have been recorded and interpretative phenomenological analyses have been conducted. The number of participants ranged from three to ten with an age range from 20 to 60. The results indicate strategies related to time, space and intersubjective positioning. In particular, they showed that intersubjective positioning, i.e., how the participants positioned themselves in their interrelationships to others, in terms of trust, support, competition and conflict, constrains the choice of harmony strategies. Based on the indentified strategies proposals for the management of chance discovery teams are made.

Date: 2011
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