Practical Wisdom, Leadership and Culture: Indigenous, Asian and Middle-Eastern Perspectives, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Practical Wisdom, Leadership and Culture

Indigenous, Asian and Middle-Eastern Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Ali Intezari, Chellie Spiller, Shih-Ying Yang


248 pages

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Hardback: 9780367151782
pub: 2020-07-17
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Despite the growing attention towards the importance of practical wisdom in business today, little research has been done about the concept of practical wisdom in the Indigenous, Asian, and Middle-Eastern traditions. Contemporary studies of wisdom are dominated by the philosophical traditions of Western thought, which is based on the ancient Greek concepts of wisdom. Much less is known about how practical wisdom, as illuminated by these other traditions, can be implemented in today’s organizational settings. This book thus fills an important gap in understanding wisdom and how it is applied in a poly-cultural world.

Wisdom is culturally bound. Wisdom is poly-cultural and interweaves individuality and communality. Practical wisdom is inextricably connected to many needs of contemporary personal and professional life. Moreover, the increasingly growing poly-culturality around the world requires a better understanding of how practical wisdom is understood in different cultures and traditions. Accordingly, there is a need for a) poly-cultural understanding of the concept of wisdom, and b) the role of practical wisdom in a world crying out for wisdom.

This book underlines the importance of developing a poly-cultural and interdisciplinary understanding of the concept of practical wisdom in today’s complex environment. The book offers significant insight into the implications of the non-Western traditions of wisdom, and how such an understanding of the non-Western traditions can help us better and more critically understand and appropriately address new multi-faceted complex emerging phenomena. While the Western traditions offer valuable insight into the implication of wisdom in modern life, an integrated view that brings together the Western and Non-Western traditions can prove a more critical and practical insight into how to apply practical wisdom in contemporary poly-cultural environment.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Introducing "Practical Wisdom, Leadership and Culture: Indigenous, Asian, and Middle-Eastern Perspectives";

Section I: The Indigenous Perspective;

Chapter 1: Ecological Sustainability and Practical Wisdom from the Maasai and Hadza Peoples in East Africa;

Chapter 2: The Wisdom of Inclusion: Māori leadership and management practices that make a world of difference;

Chapter 3: The Wisdom of Differentiating between Indigenous Leader and Indigenous Leadership;

Chapter 4: Native American Transplanar Wisdom: A Pragmatic View and Application;

Chapter 5: Conceptions of Wisdom in Rural Uganda: A Different View of What’s Important in Life;

Section II: The Asian Perspective;

Chapter 6: Fostering Contemplative and Spiritual Growth: Revisiting Confucianism and Wisdom Learned from T’oegye Yi Hwang for Educators;

Chapter 7: Personal Wisdom as Reflected in the Vietnamese Classic Literature: The Tale of Kieu;

Chapter 8: On Endeavor-based Wisdom: An East Asian Confucian Perspective in a Polycultural World;

Chapter 9: Wisdom: A Philippine Perspective;

Section III: The Middle Eastern Perspective;

Chapter 10: Practical Wisdom in Ancient Iran;

Chapter 11: The Concept of Wisdom in the Arab-Islamic Traditions;

Chapter 12: The Wisdom of Good Thought and Deed: The Persian Perspective;

About the Editors

Ali Intezari is a Lecturer at UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Chellie Spiller is a professor at the Waikato University, New Zealand.

Shih-ying Yang is a professor and researcher in psychology at the National Chi Nan University, Taiwan."

About the Series

The Practical Wisdom in Leadership and Organization Series

The Practical Wisdom in Leadership and Organization Series provides a platform for authors to articulate wiser ways of managing and leading and of reassessing both practice within organizational settings and organizational research. Books in this series focus on the art and practice of inquiry and reflexivity and explicitly connect with challenges and issues of 'praxis' in the field of organization and management, be that academic research or in situ management practice. Rather than offering closure and final answers, contributions to this series invite further critical inquiry, cross-disciplinary conversations and explorations. The aim is to engage authors and readers - students, academics and practitioners alike - in inspiring, reflexive and critical dialogue. By thus engaging readers, we hope that these books play an important role in informing, teaching and learning in educational contexts and public forums as well as among practitioners and in management boardrooms.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Business Ethics
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Entrepreneurship
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Behavior
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Workplace Culture
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Knowledge Capital
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Organizational Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Corporate Governance