Reflective practice as a determinant of performance outcomes in services
Saunila, Minna; Ukko, Juhani (2015-11-16)
Post-print / Final draft
International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences
School of Engineering Science
The purpose of this paper is to examine the outcomes of reflective practices in services. The paper contributes to the current understanding of the relationship between reflective practice and outcomes by presenting a description of the internal (i.e. what kind of reflection is required to attain the desired outcomes) and external (i.e. under what kind of circumstances does reflection result in the desired outcomes) factors of reflective practices.
The results of this investigation are based on a mixed-method research approach that utilises both quantitative and qualitative data collection methods.
According to the results, reflective practices are indeed connected to outcomes. Reflective practices foster better outcomes when they are more explicit and targeted through different organisational levels. The role of performance management and measurement is important in connecting the reflective practices with performance. Performance management must be considered as a communication and social system that allows the employees to discuss the learning and development process as a part of the results.
As a practical contribution, the results of the research may help professionals begin to understand that leveraging reflective practices may aid an organisation in achieving its desired outcomes.
Hitherto, studies that discuss the interphase of reflective practices and outcomes have mainly been theoretical considerations or surveys that lack an in-depth understanding of how the different methods operate in a real-life context. When focusing on the previous research, it is clear that in-depth empirical studies are needed to achieve a deeper understanding of the mechanisms and arrangements that connect reflective practice and outcomes. This research addresses this research gap by examining the outcomes of reflective practices in services.
Saunila, M., Ukko, J. (2015). Reflective practice as a determinant of performance outcomes in services. International Journal of Quality and Service Sciences, vol. 7, issue 4. pp. 392-403. DOI: 10.1108/IJQSS-02-2015-0015
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