In traditional business circles, wisdom is viewed with a certain scepticism, which is in part due to its historical associations with wisdom traditions and spiritual cultures. However, in business today, wisdom is emerging not only as a viable but also a necessary organizational and management practice. In particular, practical wisdom is being updated and retranslated for today’s issues and concerns in organizations. In recent years, leadership and organizational studies have initiated important changes in the way in which business-as-usual is conducted.
In response to the increasingly complex and uncertain conditions of our international business environment, a growing community of ‘scholar-practitioners’ are pushing the boundaries of traditional organizational and leadership thinking and acting, making inroads into processes and applications of practical wisdom and ways of wise leading and managing. Given the unprecedented levels of challenges, dynamics and uncertainties that today’s organizations are exposed to, there is a need for a more integrative and sustainable approach to managing.
Following the need for a reconsideration and revival of the meaning of wisdom, the editors explore vitalizing possibilities for the learning of wise practices in organizing and leading. This expansive range of domains where wisdom is currently being explored suggests a promising number of perspectives and possibilities for future inquiries and explorations into the nexus of wisdom and organization, leadership/management education and learning that benefits from cross-disciplinary synergies.
This book will be of interest to those seeking to understand the growing significance of wisdom in relation to learning and teaching, especially in business and management education.
Introduction Part I: Conceptual Contributions and Alternative Perspectives on Wisdom Learning, Teaching and Education Chapter 1. Disposition Capacity for Learning Wisdom in Business Schools Business Schools’ Role in Embodying a Wise Graduate Disposition Bernard McKenna Chapter 2. Catharsis in the classroom? Matt Statler & Stephen Taylor Chapter 3. Cultivating Practical Wisdom through Emergent Learning Marilyn Taylor Chapter 4. The seven Pillars of Paradoxical Organizational Wisdom: On the Use of Paradox as a Vehicle to synthesize Knowledge and Ignorance Filipa Rocha Rodrigues, Miguel Pina e Cunha; Arménio Rego & Stewart Clegg Chapter 5. Too busy to learn: Wisdom, mindfulness, and grounding learning David Rooney & Nina Kongsbakk Chapter 6. Is Practical Wisdom and Learning Literature Actually Wise On Its Right To Speak’? Vincenzo Mario Bruno Giorgino& Xabier Renteria-Uriarte Part II Empirical and Practical Contributions for Wisdom Learning, Teaching and Education Chapter 7. Practical Wisdom and Professional Development: Engagement for the Next Generation of Business Monika Ardelt & Charles Oden Chapter 8. A Wise coursed Educating for Wisdom in the 21st Century Martin Hays (Jay) Chapter 9. How managers understand wisdom in decision-making: a phronetic research approach Mike J. Thompson Chapter 10. Educating Future Business Leaders To Be Practically Wise: Designing an MBA Curriculum to Strengthen Good Decision Making Dennis Wittmer & Cynthia V. Fukami Chapter 11. Exploring Practical Wisdom: Teaching Management in a Spirit of Co-creation Ksenija Napan Chapter 12. Embodied ‘Aesth-Ethics’ for Developing Practical Wisdom in Management Education/Learning Wendelin Küpers
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.