The research section of the S3EOC project is coordinated by the partner team from the Department of Psychology at the West University of Timișoara (WUT / UVT), Romania.
The team consists of research Associate Professor Irina Macsinga, PhD, and research assistant Vlad Pandur.

 

These are the first RESEARCH OUTPUTS

SEOC Research Booklet

SEOC Research Instruments Set (English)  + (Italian)

The research conducted as part of the SEOC project yielded an intellectual output
consisting of a set of five research instruments in the form of measurement scales and
questionnaires, and a brochure containing methodological guidelines and outlines for
research designs. The instruments were created building on the researcher team’s
background in Psychology (particularly the field of Organizational Psychology) and their
experience of working with scientifically validated, standardized instruments. The
instruments allow for the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data, and are
meant to be easily applied in a wide range of organizational contexts without requiring
substantial modifications. The resulting data can be subjected to in-depth statistical and
qualitative analyses, for explorative, predictive and explanatory purposes. The instruments
were phrased in such a way so as to make them accessible and easy to use for various
types of non-scientific stakeholders (in collaboration and with supervision from
specialized researchers). The set of research instruments consist of: – An instrument for
assessing the use of Sociocracy 3.0 in a given organization, by measuring the prevalence
of fundamental Sociocracy 3.0 principles in said organization; – An instrument for
assessing the use of a particular Sociocracy 3.0 pattern in a given organizational context;
– An instrument for assessing the use of a particular Sociocracy 3.0 role in a given
organizational context; – An instrument for assessing the performance, skills and
effectiveness of a Sociocracy 3.0 trainer/coach/facilitator in the context of a particular
training or workshop; – An instrument for assessing the overall effectiveness of a
particular Sociocracy 3.0 training or workshop. As of the writing of this report, a pilot
study has not been conducted in order to validate these instruments. This means that there
is a chance that our instruments are not completely suitable for use in research, and may
require further revisions. The main reason why a pilot study was not done was due to the
particular requirements of the research design, i.e. a longitudinal pre-test, post-test
study. This would require access to an organization over a long period of time, in order for
data to be collected at several key moments – specifically at a time when the
organization’s members are unfamiliar with Sociocracy 3.0, at the moment when they first
start learning Sociocracy 3.0, and a later point after they had already been using
Sociocracy 3.0 in the organization for a long enough period of time that significant
changes could have occurred as a result of this. An additional obstacle was presented by
the high number of participants required in order to ensure that the results of the study
would be statistically relevant. A suitable organization that satisfied these criteria was not
available to the project’s researchers over the course of the project. Data collection was
conducted after finalising the instruments, but sadly the low number of respondents
cannot ensure a suitable degree of validity, preventing us from drawing any reliable
conclusions. On the other hand, preliminary results of analyses using these data provided
evidence of some encouraging patterns, suggesting that the instruments can indeed
successfully be used to assess the targeted constructs and phenomena. Of course, more
research is needed before we can be sure of this. One of the main objectives stated in the
application was that of conducting case studies wherein we would longitudinally observe
the implementation of Sociocracy 3.0 in particular organizations, and asses the impacts on
organizational governance, performance and effectiveness. As with the pilot study, this
proved to not be feasible due to the reasons described above.

 

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