Radical psychological safety as a means for creative and productive activities in temporary organisations

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Abstract

Psychological safety in temporary
organisations
We explore how psychological safety—a team’s
shared experience that it is safe to take inter-per-
sonal risks—is possible in temporary self-man-
aging organisations. Our findings present team-
work practices used by a highly diverse group
that constructed a complex art installation for
the Burning Man festival. Based on a question-
naire and a qualitative analysis of 20 interviews,
we suggest that the team experienced radically
high psychological safety because it defined the
project’s concept through co-creation, gave par-
ticipants complete freedom to choose their roles,
and collectively challenged participants
Translated title of the contributionRadical psychological safety as a means for creative and productive activities in temporary organisations
Original languageFinnish
Pages (from-to)170–186
JournalHallinnon tutkimus
Volume39
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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