I think I have landed on a better research question. It’s been an interesting and at times confusing process, but here’s what I am about to explore in a methodological proposal for defence of my doctoral research direction:
How does variation in the nature of context affect the use of decision making heuristics among senior healthcare leaders in British Columbia?
Context in this sense would be delimited and defined by the nature of cause and effect as articulated by Dave Snowden’s work.
I will be building a very cool (to me, anyway) questionnaire in the near future as a way to both increase my capacity on the quant side, and also (and this is the interesting part) to test some ideas toward refinement via multiple regression analysis. I never envisioned this, but I came up with the idea of testing via path analysis how various factors bring forth a particular heuristic based on the Cynefin framework for sense-making. It’s actually kept me awake for more than a few nights now. I want to move it along! Stay tuned: I may come knocking …
I think I have had to come to terms with what others have sensed in me for some time: that I am largely a positivist who also holds a view that the world exists independent of our awareness of it. It’s a mouthful and it has huge consequences for me and my work, but it is bringing clarity for sure. Now I need to reconcile this with the process of leadership as a socially constructed process – without complicating the issue. For me this is a tension – a duality rather than a commitment to one or the other. I think it will be important for strategic leadership decision making and helping leaders develop over time. This is a true passion of mine so clarity is something very top of mind.
More to come!