Organisational Psychology and Appreciative Inquiry: Unifying the Empirical and the Mystical

February 2018
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The PILAR model of collaboration contains five perceptions of collaboration held by group members: prospects, involved, liked, agency and respect that occur in idealised collaboration, which presumes voluntary membership, sincere commitment and equal member power. PILAR is used to explain the strengths and weaknesses of two contrasting perspectives on collaboration: qualitative (Appreciative Inquiry: AI) and quantitative (organisational and industrial psychology: OIP).


Author: Benjamin Heslop

Benjamin Heslop, MPhil, BEng (Systems) is a Ph.D. candidate in social psychology at the University of Newcastle, Australia. He is investigating collaboration using engineering systems modelling. His research combines social psychology research into a single framework, consistent with evolutionary theory. Benjamin hopes to use his research to influence government policy, and to educate students and employees. Contact:

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Author: Jonathan Paul

Jonathan Paul, PhD, BSc (Hons) is an emerging leader within the field of reproductive medicine, working toward the development of novel strategies for clinical intervention during major obstetric complications. He has a practical interest in mechanisms that underpin effective collaboration, and how academic researchers and clinicians can collaborate effectively to optimise clinical translation of laboratory-based research. Contact:

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Author: Elizabeth Stojanovski

Elizabeth Stojanovski, PhD, BSc (Maths, Hons), is a lecturer in statistics and biostatistics, and has a research focus on longitudinal relationships between life events and both physical and mental health. Elizabeth consults with academic colleagues, and postgraduate students, in analysing research data and preparing manuscripts. She is a reviewer of NHMRC grants, and for the Medical Journal of Australia. Contact:

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Author: Kylie Bailey

Kylie Bailey, PhD, B.A. (Psych) M.Psych Clin, PhD (Psychiatry), is a senior clinical psychologist with over twenty years of clinical experience. Kylie’s expertise is with addiction, childhood trauma, self-harm and posttraumatic stress disorder, and she is also currently conducting research on combined depression, alcohol and posttraumatic stress disorder in adults. Contact:

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