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Theory U: Rethinking Business as Practical European Philosophy

Theory U: Rethinking Business as Practical European Philosophy
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Author(s): Pierre Guillet de Monthoux (Copenhagen Business School, Denmark) and Matt Statler (NYU Stern School of Business, USA)
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 10
Source title: Business Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3153-1.ch013

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Abstract

The recent Carnegie report (Colby, et al., 2011) characterizes the goal of business education as the development of practical wisdom. In this chapter, the authors reframe Scharmer's Theory U as an attempt to develop practical wisdom by applying certain European philosophical concepts. Specifically, they trace a genealogy of social sculpture, Schwungspiel, poetic creation, and spiritual science, and suggest that Scharmer's work integrates these concepts into a pragmatic pedagogy that has implications for business practice as well as business education.

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