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Adaptability in Law Enforcement : t owards a conceptual framework of adaptive behaviour

Blaimer, Klara (2019) Adaptability in Law Enforcement : t owards a conceptual framework of adaptive behaviour.

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Abstract:Adaptability is an area of concern in many fields including organizations, business, decision-making, teaching and society. To this point, however, very little is known about adaptability as a behavioural construct. Empirical data on adaptive thinking is sparse and the literature base is largely conceptual. The aim of the study therefore is twofold, first to come up with a conceptual framework about adaptability (including the concepts of cognitive flexibility and goal orientation), second, to examine the possibility to elicit and measure behavioural adaption in a controlled experiment. The first goal was reached through scientific literature research. For the second aim, participants (N = 78) were asked to take the role of an undercover agent and were given some background information on the missions they had to complete. Critically, during the missions participants faced an unexpected encounter, requiring the agent to adjust their behaviour in order to complete the mission objective. Adaptive behaviour was measured as behavioural, cognitive and emotional adjustment made as a response to the situational change. Results indicated an initial success in eliciting and measuring adaptive behaviour. Moreover, in the course of investigations, cognitive flexibility and goal orientation appeared to be valuable to expand the present paradigm.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Stefan Bürker, Augsburg
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
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