Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, USA


Jacob Welch is an Osteopathic Medical Student at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine. While receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Gonzaga University, he developed an interest in the philosophical analysis of healthcare systems along with the study of healthcare ethics. These interests have laid the foundation for his developing career in medicine and his continuation of research in healthcare philosophy.

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Are you complexity-minded?
Volume: 22, Issue 1
This article describes the development and initial validation of an instrument of individual worldview which incorporates the three constructs which primarily differentiate worldview - level of explanation, causation, and observation, which are deeply ingrained in people. Differences in worldview explain varying approaches to many organizational dynamics such as organizational capabilities, leadership behavior, logistics management, manufacturing, and others. Three studies were conducted to validate the instrument including using Thurstone-type and Likert-type approaches in the first two studies. The third study sampled 1,225 mostly American medical school faculty members. Confirmatory factor analysis of this sample provided convincing evidence of a good fit for the worldview model. This assessment can now be used to determine how complexity-minded people are in terms of their assumptions of a Traditional or an Emerging Worldview.