Collective Mindfulness: The Key to Organizational Resilience in Megaprojects

Linzhuo Wang, Ralf Müller, Fangwei Zhu*, Xiaotian Yang

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Abstract

The complexity, internal and external risks, and significant social impact of megaprojects make their organizational resilience particularly important. To survive potential adversities, megaproject organizational resilience depends on collective mindfulness. Drawing on an attention-based view, this study investigates the mechanisms of collective mindfulness for megaproject organizational resilience as a process that functions prior to, during, and after recovery from crises. The results from analyzing six embedded crisis events in two megaprojects indicate that collective mindfulness influences organizational resilience processes through the mechanisms of awareness allocation, emotional detachment, and attention alignment. The study's theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)592-606
Number of pages15
JournalProject Management Journal
Volume52
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

Keywords

  • case study
  • collective mindfulness
  • megaprojects
  • resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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