The Plight to Choose: Cultivating Practical Deliberation in Management Learning and Education

Johan Gersel, Morten Sørensen Thaning*

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    Departing from discussions at Research in Management Learning & Education (RMLE) Unconferences, we identify the problem of practical deliberation: When faced with multiple, relevant theories that all demand to be given weight in a process of deliberation, how do management students, while drawing on these theories, justify their choice? Based on contemporary practical philosophy, we claim that students must aim for rational necessitation when practically deliberating about such decisions. Using the example of our teaching on a Master of Public Governance program at a major European business school, we delineate how we have employed a philosophical pedagogy to teach MBA students to practically deliberate in order to reach rational necessitation. With our theoretical and practical research, we aim to show how contemporary practical philosophy offers a distinct, original contribution to management learning and education in contrast with the traditional philosophies of education We end the article by suggesting and motivating five avenues of further research into the problem of practical deliberation in management learning and education.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Management Education
    Issue number5
    Pages (from-to)663-676
    Number of pages14
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

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    Published online: 10. July 2020


    • Business ethics
    • Decision making
    • Leadership
    • Practical deliberation
    • Rationality
    • Teaching and learning

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