Designing and Implementing Ecological Models in Organisation Studies: Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping Approach (FCM)

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This chapter proposes the Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping (FCM) approach as a useful methodological tool in studying the complex phenomenon of workplace spirituality. The FCM approach allows researchers to estimate and visualise causal relationships that reflect complex decision-making processes, especially in the face of adversity. More specifically, various coping mechanisms are examined in workplace spirituality research in relation to organisational resilience and sustainability. However, little evidence is offered of whether and how the various coping mechanisms interact with each other and structure complex decision-making problems, resulting in either productive or non-productive outcomes. I suggest that this is because there is no accessible template for employing the technique with the types of data researchers tend to encounter. The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of the FCM approach and some practical recommendations on how scholars can employ FCM by using two examples studying organisational resilience. Implications for future research are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFaith Traditions and Practices in the Workplace
Subtitle of host publicationThe Role of Spirituality in Unprecedented Times
EditorsM. C Vu, N Singh, N Burton, I Chu
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-09540-5
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-09539-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

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