Jason Adamson


While ambiguity may be a universal experience, it fluctuates depending on the circumstances. As there is no single definition of ambiguity, its manifestations range from role uncertainty to chaos to simple process issues. Because it is impractical and undesirable to completely eliminate ambiguity, an increased ability to tolerate ambiguity plays an important role in allowing individuals to cope with ambiguity in productive ways. Among the previously studied coping mechanism is mindfulness. The purpose of this study is to examine whether there is a relationship between individuals who self-report high levels of mindfulness and an increased ability to tolerate with ambiguity. A convenience sample of eight employees were interviewed and took a measure on mindfulness and ambiguity tolerance. Key findings were that there is a probable relationship between a higher level of mindfulness and an increased ability to tolerate ambiguity, which is consistent with other research findings.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Dissertations (MA) -- Organization Development; Mindfulness (Psychology); Ambiguity; Work environment

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School Affiliation

Graziadio Business School



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Faculty Advisor

Mangiofico, Gary;