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Research Seminar: Breaking the Silence Around Gossip and Organisations

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University of Essex Colchester Campus

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Dr Kathryn Waddington CPsychol AFBPsS PFHEA- Reader in Psychology. University of Westminster.

Abstract

Historically gossip has been seen as trivial women’s talk, and has received little theoretical and empirical attention. Mainstream management thinking tends to see gossip in a negative light, resulting in its neglect as a potential source of organisational knowledge.
However the Francis Report into failures of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust and other public inquiries illustrate the harm to patients caused by failure to attend to gossip circulating in and around organisations.
In this talk I reframe gossip as organisational communication and knowledge, and present a framework based on my doctoral research into gossip in nursing and healthcare organisations. The framework includes core psychological concepts of emotion, power, ethics, sensemaking and identity, and also has practical application a tool for critical reflection. I will also discuss how the framework has been used as an organisational development tool in a NHS Foundation Trust, and used as a resource for working with clinicians and teams in difficulty.

Biography
Kathryn is a Chartered Psychologist and healthcare professional with over twenty years’ experience of facilitating individual and team learning and organisational development. She is currently Reader in Work and Organisational Psychology at the University of Westminster, and prior to this was Director of Interprofessional Practice at City, University of London. Her particular areas of interest and expertise are leadership and team development, organisational communication and culture, emotion in organisations, employee engagement and the ‘dark side’ of practice. She has researched and published widely in these areas, and is author of the book Gossip and Organizations.

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