The program is sponsored by the Quality of Life Research Center (Claremont, California) lead by Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who created the world-famous Flow theory and who is a legendary pioneer of Positive Psychology and managed by the CEU Business School (Budapest, Hungary) and ALEAS Simulations, Inc. (Los Angeles, California).
The broad objectives of the Leadership & Flow Program are:
- to extend and apply the Flow concept to the world of organizations and
- to make original, empirically-based contributions to the literature and practice of leadership/management.
The research is based on – and extends – the lifetime work of Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of Claremont University, California. Flow was initially designed to promote the enrichment and happiness of individuals. In recent years the concept has been extended to organizational performance improvement and leadership development.
Most research on Leadership tries to identify skills for effective leadership without tying those skills – or a subset of those skills – to the different kinds of challenges that organizations typically face. If and when an individual possesses the type of skills most useful for effectively managing particular challenges, he or she will likely gain the “Flow” experience. An organization can greatly improve its performance the greater the number of key employees who experience Flow recurrently. The planned research focuses on identifying and grouping the kinds of managerial/leadership challenges that organizations typically face today and in the foreseeable future.
The expected outcome of the research is to provide prediction and guidance to individuals and organizations how to match skillsets with challenge clusters to achieve more Flow states.
Building on substantial foundations – including the continued active involvement of Prof. Csikszentmihalyi – the objective of the Leadership & Flow program is to create a worldwide community of scholars and practitioners who actively support each other.
The mission of our new Leadership & Flow Program is to extend our current empirical research that goes way beyond case studies, with a view toward finding best practices and applied tools for creating and harnessing Flow at the organizational level.
Research Approach and Method
The planned research focuses on identifying and grouping the kinds of managerial/leadership challenges that organizations typically face today and in the foreseeable future. The expected outcome of the research is to provide prediction and guidance to individuals and organizations on how to match skillsets with challenge clusters.
Leadership & Flow is a special analysis of practicing managers’ (for example, executive MBA students) gameplay data gained from the award-winning leadership simulation game, FLIGBY.
We are using Quantitative and Qualitative research methods at the same time:
- Quantitative part of the research – The program is based on data gained from FLIGBY online simulation used as secondary data source;
- Qualitative part of the research – Open questions integrated into the simulation as a part of the gameplay and answered by the participants.
The data generation to support this research is unique, innovative and much more reliable than the data obtained by an individual filling out a questionnaire. The Research Program will rely – for the first time – on a set of data derived from the information gathered from those many thousands who have played, or will play FLIGBY Simulation (Serious Game).
The participant is playing an absorbing game, where his/her answers to the decision the game requires to make is not amenable to manipulation. Thus the individual and/or the organization will obtain Metrix about the player that would be much more reliable and thus more useful than information obtained through standard questionnaires.