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To Give Or Not To Give: A Step Towards Addressing The Heart Of Innovative Climates
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology, Department of Engineering Design and Materials.
2013 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Innovative climates are largely affected by the relationships between the individuals involved. This thesis addresses the topic of trying to improve the quality of relationships by giving engineers some tools and principles to understand in order for them to be able to contribute positively to a creative and productive atmosphere. Through the experiences drawn from universities both in India and Bhutan, the student tries to grasp some fundamental ideas about human values that can be shared to other engineers in practical manner. This thesis begins by concentrating the importance of human relationships within an innovative process and within an organization. It has been found that groups and organizations perform better and have better cultures if people are willing to give help unconditionally. Based on this underlying idea of unconditional giving, this thesis introduces a model or principle called ‘the box’ which is a state of mind that one enters into when one self-betrays and is led to self-deception. In this self-deceived state one has betrayed one’s inner feeling to do something for someone (for example not replying to an email, not holding open a door for a colleague etc.) and thus begins to justify this betrayal in one’s mind by creating a distorted picture of reality. From this state of mind, one does not contribute positively to one’s work or to one’s relationships and it becomes clear that this betrayal is a betrayal of the heart. In order to increase the awareness of the heart and help build resilience from entering into ‘the box’, the thesis provides a method to get in touch with one’s heart through biofeedback measurements. Finally, the thesis addresses how we make value judgments, which is ultimately what defines our motives and behaviors in our homes and workplaces. It can be concluded that our value judgments are made by the combination of our heart, mind and will. Thus, by consciously learning more about our hearts, minds and will, how they function together and deepen more on what we find valuable, we can consciously begin the process of self-development. Through the process of self-development we increase our inner power (power over self) which is fundamentally different than external power (power over others). The thesis concludes that in order for us to contribute more positively to our innovative climates we have to increase our inner power. This is only done through the process of self-development where one concentrates on making continuous value judgments in alignment with the value supremacy of the human being. This process is not automatic and needs to be pursued consciously and directly however, as of now, the distribution of this type of knowledge is outside of the curriculum for engineering students. If we dedicate more energy to understanding the process of making value judgments, we can contribute more positively to our innovative climates.

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Institutt for produktutvikling og materialer , 2013. , 157 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-23667Local ID: ntnudaim:10176OAI: diva2:681450
Available from: 2013-12-19 Created: 2013-12-19 Last updated: 2013-12-19Bibliographically approved

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