Social Psychology Theories in the Meta-Oganizational Context

Théories de la Psychologie Sociale dans le Contexte Méta-Organisationnel


  1. Peach, J.
  2. O’Keefe, D.
  3. Schryer, E.
  4. Okros, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Waterloo Univ, Waterloo ONT (CAN)
Governments are increasingly requiring different agencies to work together in demanding circumstances using a whole of government or comprehensive approach. In previous work, Okros, Verdon and Chouinard (2010) applied a social and human perspective to examine how a meta-organization may be capable of enacting a comprehensive approach. The multi-disciplinary analyses integrated a number of disparate concepts to present speculative hypotheses that may be used to inform future research agendas. This paper builds on the first work by presenting a number of the theories from social psychology which be of use in exploring the concepts and hypotheses presented in the original work by Okros et al under the broad groupings of: Influence and Persuasion; Affect; Assumptions/Judgment; Information Processing; Role Confusion; Groups and Group Dynamics; Personal Identity; Decision Making; Group Behaviour; and Motivation; the various theories and illustrative studies have been briefly presented along with selected key readings. The intent is to highlight different theories and concepts which may be of use in developing specific testable hypotheses hence an applied research programme to investigate the implications of the broad hypotheses presented in Okros et al, particularly in the discussion of future research.

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Organizations;whole of government;comprehensive approach;complex adaptive systems;social psychology;influence;persuasion;affect;judgment;information processing;role confusion, groups;group dynamics;personal identity;decision making;group behaviour;motivation
Report Number
DRDC-CSS-CR-2012-025 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Dec 2012
Number of Pages
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