Can anyone Help?

Melanie Ashleigh (
Wed, 17 Mar 1999 15:24:27 +0000

A struggling Post grad student using rep grids for the first time. I'm
trying to look at how important the concept of trust is in Human
Supervisory Control domains (HSC) teams, I have elements as people (either
intra-teaam, inter-team) or technology (systems they interact with)and I am
trying to find out:
1) If people in a highly volatile domain (e.g. HSC) construe trust
differently (from other cohorts/ domains - e.g. literature on diff orgs and
2) How important trust is intra-team inter-team and in interaction with
3) What are the most significant characteristics/behaviours within HSC
teams, between teams and those that that make people trust technology or
not as the case might be.
The reason I chose rep grids was to try and get underneath the concept of
trust in this domain as no-one else has looked at it before to my
knowledge. However being a novice and having already collected the data (I
hope correctly) I am having great dificulty in analysing it. I have managed
to get a an old MSDOS copy of Circumgrids (Chambers & Grice, 1986) but have
no clue how to use it. Does anyone have any experience of this package?
Alternatively could anyone give me any advice as how to go about analysing
this manually as I have no funds to buy any other software.
I have read Valerie Stewarts book on Business Applications of Repertory
Grids. However what I don't understand is how to reduce the constructs of
20 different people (albeit same job same status) over 24 elements in order
to get the group constructs for the three different factors.

Yours hopefully

If anyone could offer any support on this - I'd be very grateful

Melanie Ashleigh
Engineering Psychology Research Group (EPRG)
University of Southampton
Southampton. SO17 1BJ
Tel: (01703) 594595/592621
Fax: (01703) 594597

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