From Managers’ Practical Problems to Complex Understandings: Three Approaches for Understanding the Development of Management Problems

Thomas Duus Henriksen, Signe Vikkelsø, Rikke Kristine Nielsen, Frans Bévort

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This paper analyses how managers’ pragmatic understandings of practical problems can be developed into more complex understandings. On basis of experiences from an action-learning program on leadership development, this paper analyses the development of practical understandings on basis of three theoretical frames; paradox theory, critical realism and deconstructionism. Each approach provide its understanding of how a particular understanding of a management problem is developed, thereby contributing to a better understanding of the development of complex management understandings.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event37th EGOS Colloquium 2021: Organizing for an Inclusive Society: Meanings, Motivations, and Mechanisms - Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 8 Jul 202110 Jul 2021
Conference number: 37


Conference37th EGOS Colloquium 2021
LocationVrije Universiteit
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  • Middle managers
  • Practical understandings
  • Paradox theory
  • Critical realism
  • Deconstructionism
  • Complexity

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