Systemic constellations applied in organisations: a systematic review

Salome Scholtens*, Carla Petroll, Carlos Rivas, Joke Fleer, Barna Konkoly Thege

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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This article-published in the Journal Gruppe. Interaktion. Organisation.- presents a systematic overview of the current empirical evidence of the effectiveness of the systemic constellation method when applied in organisations. Although the systemic constellation method is increasingly used for team coaching, organisational development and transformation processes, among others, scientific evidence on the effectiveness and quality of this method is still scarce. This may hamper the broader implementation of a potentially useful approach. Altogether, ten electronic databases were searched up to January, 2020. Multiple languages, qualitative and quantitative designs, and academic and grey literature were included. The search resulted in the identification of 79 potentially relevant publications, seven of which were prospective and 13 were retrospective effectiveness studies in terms of organisational outcomes. Only two of the seven prospective studies used a controlled design. This review concludes that the empirical evidence on the systemic organisational constellation method points toward a potentially effective intervention in the organisational context. However, it is too early to make firm conclusions as the number of studies was small and quality of the studies was low in general. The present systematic review summarises the literature on the systemic constellation method applied in organisations. It offers coaches and consultants insights into the method from a scientific perspective and describes potential mechanisms of action regarding the intervention. The results of the review provide a solid basis for future research and give directions for new studies to support quality improvement and help us better understand the factors influencing effectiveness.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)537-550
Aantal pagina's14
TijdschriftGio-Gruppe-Interaktion-Organisation-Zeitschrift fuer angewandte organisationspsychologie
Nummer van het tijdschrift3
StatusPublished - sep.-2021

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