New Research from Dr. Elizabeth Canning and Dr. Mary Murphy at Washington State University lends empirical weight to growth mindset, especially as it relates to the way organizations operate.   They extended growth mindset to the context of an overall organization’s mindset.  They asked how an entire organization’s perceived mindset changes the way employees interact, trust, and commit to their company.

Canning and  Murphy stated that one surprising result of their research was how “strongly and consistently” organizational mindset set the tone for cultural norms, which provide context for an organization’s growth and success.  Specifically, employees who indicated that they worked for a company with a fixed mindset culture perceived that their company had less effective collaboration and teamwork, less intellectual exploration (through innovation and risk-taking), and less ethical behavior.

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