Research

Mindfulness works – over 3500 research studies have examined the impact of mindfulness practices

The past years have seen a confluence of three important fields – mindfulness, leadership development and neuroscience. We are in the middle of this development. The Kalapa Academy has run one of the largest research projects on the topic of mindfulness at work and we integrate mindfulness research into all fields of our work.

 

It is no longer a question of whether mindfulness works in an organizational context – but rather what different aspects are impacted and how. This is where we focus our work – we examine the how. By integrating research into all of our work, we want to improve the general level of knowledge about mindfulness and its impact, and also enable participants to experience very precisely and personally, how mindfulness impacts them and their leadership style. – Christopher Tamdjidi

 

Research projects of the Academy

To assess the impact of mindfulness meditation in the workplace, the Kalapa Academy, together with the GRP Institute of the University of Munich (LMU) and the University of Applied Sciences Coburg, initiated a research project early in 2013. The Project “Resilience, satisfaction and collaboration in working life” appears to be the largest such research project on mindfulness in the workplace that has been done.

20 companies took part in the 10 week training, that was accompanied by research tests and evaluated by our university partners. more

The impact of mindfulness practices on stress and concentration are quickly experienced and measured – in a matter of weeks. In this 24 month study we pursue the question of how leadership behavior and effectivity of a leader develops with ongoing mindfulness practice. We will start in late Spring 2015

Feel free to contact us if you are interested in participating in this study.

“The standard executive education approach based on engaged discussion and case analyses fails to facilitate managers to shift towards higher probabilities to make socially responsible decisions. On the other hand, coaching programs based on introspection and meditation techniques, without any discussion about CSR topics, exhibit a significant impact on both the probability to act in a socially responsible way and on the factors that influence the probability to behave that way.“ – Understanding and Responding to Societal Demands on Corporate Responsibility, EU Sixth Framework Programme, Citizens and Governance in a Knowledge Based Society

This quote from a EU research program raises very interesting questions – and invites further research. We want to pursue this topic and are examining how mindfulness can support the development and implementation of sustainability objectives. The research project will start in the fall of 2015.

Research partners

  • Prof. Dr. Kohls – University of Applied Sciences – Coburg. The University of applied sciences Coburg has a broad competence around the topics of health management in companies and mindfulness. Prof. Dr. Kohls was our main research partner for the project ‘Resilience, satisfaction and collaboration in working life’ in 2013 and 2014, and he has published numerous articles on the subject of mindfulness.
  • LMU/GRP Institute – The Generation Research Programm as part of the Ludwig Maximilians University (University of Munich) has a focus on the topics of generational change and mindfulness and was involved in initiating the research project on mindfulness in the workplace (until the end in 2014).
  • Dr. Thomas Prescher of the University of Kaiserslautern is working with us to research the organizational barriers to mindfulness.

Please contact us if your organization or institute would like to be involved in one of our research projects.

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