The Leadership & Flow Global Research Network promotes academic cooperation, research, and publication in the broader fields related to Flow and Leadership theory, as well as the usage of Serious Games in teaching and training, skills measurement and HR predictive analytics.
Most publications below are also enabled and driven by FLIGBY, Prof. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s official Flow-promoting Leadership Development On-Line Simulation Game.
For private academic use contact the authors or Dr. Zoltan Buzady, Director of the Leadership & Flow Global Research Network via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Missing Link Discovered – Integrating Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow-theory into Management and Leadership Practice by using FLIGBY – the Official Leadership Flow Game.
With a special essay contribution by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.
1st edition 2016, 2nd edition: 2017, 3rd edition: 2019
By: Buzády, Z., Marer, P., Vecsey, Z.
Publisher: ALEAS Inc., Los Angeles & ALEAS Hungary Kft., Hungary. ISBN 978963-12-5491-4 164. pages
The Theory of “Flow’ and Its Relevance for Organizations
By: Zoltan Buzady and Paul Marer, March 2016
In: CEU Working Paper Series
Download full working paper here.
Abstract: The objective of this essay is to identify how leadership based on the principles of Flow theory, if applied, helps create a Flow-promoting work environment and lead to better organizational performance.
Csikszentmihalyi’s theory of Flow – globally known, appreciated, and applied in many fields, ranging from psychology, to education, to sports – is explained and illustrated here in considerable detail. The essay shows how a value-based and Flow-promoting approach to dealing with colleagues and subordinates will enhance the effectiveness of management and leadership.
We take side on the controversy on whether managers and leaders are of the same or different species. We try to persuade the reader that the sharp distinction that is often made between managers versus leaders is unnecessary and counterproductive.
The essay then focuses on those dramatic technological and demographic changes that are occurring all around us, in nearly all societies – changes that make the introduction of a value-based and Flow-promoting management not a nice luxury but, increasingly, an essential tool for surviving or leapfrogging our business competitors – be they large, formal organizations or the mushrooming number of start-ups and SMEs.
This paper briefly outlines the relevance of flow, a core concept of positive psychology increasingly applied in leadership development and in serious gaming revealing that the quality of leadership across various cultures can be improved.
Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to briefly outline the relevance of flow, a core concept of positive psychology increasingly applied in leadership development and in serious gaming. The author presents an innovative simulation game designed to teach and train how to manage and lead people based on the principles of “flow-based leadership.”
Design/methodology/approach: This paper briefly describes the flow theory; it relates to leadership theory and why it is increasingly applied in the context of serious games. Then an extensive review and presentation of the features of an innovative serious gaming solution is presented to demonstrate that simulations are a fruitful area into which positive psychology and leadership science are being extended now.
Findings: Despite the growing market segment and various areas of training applications of serious games, very few games have been developed for leadership development. A detailed report presented the conceptual and practical aspects of such a new serious game.
Research limitations/implications: The author’s contribution did not focus on testing a particular framework nor did it aim at exposing new numeric data findings. Instead, the author presented an in-depth case study as an inspiration for future, similar developments. Also, research questions for future analysis of data collected during the leadership development game were outlined.
Practical implications: Readers were informed about a new, innovative serious game application, which is successfully used for leadership development, and in particular to teach the practice of flow-based management concepts. Flow is a concept applied in many fields of life such as sports, music, arts, recreation and work-life. The positive benefits of happiness, creativity, outstanding performance and joy can lead to a fulfilling life which is a paramount value, across all cultures globally. This leadership development game can be applied in other countries and cultures. As a result, the quality of leadership across various cultures can be improved. Researchers are invited to join the outlined new research network and program.
Originality/value: Flow theory is probably the best-known concept of positive psychology across related scientific domains such as management, arts, sports, education, and spirituality. Professor Csikszentmihalyi – a global figurehead – laid the scholarly foundations decades ago, but now the concept is constantly evolving and being adopted into new and changing environments. This necessitates a review – such as this contribution – where the theoretical elements also apply in the new areas of application.
Keywords: Creativity, Learning and development, Leadership development, Positive psychology, Skills development, Happiness, Serious games, Leadership theory, Flow theory, Big data applications, Leadership ethics, Management theory
Flow-promoting Leadership Development via Serious Games – Conference Presentation
Keywords: Entrepreneurship Education, Flow Theory, Leadership Development, Learning and Development, Positive Psychology, Serious Games.
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