Theory U: Rethinking Business as Practical European Philosophy

Pierre Guillet de Monthoux, Matt Statler

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPerspectives on Theory U : Insights from the Field
    EditorsOlen Gunnlaugson, Charles Baron, Mario Cayer
    Number of pages10
    Place of PublicationHershey, PA
    PublisherIdea Group Publishing
    Publication date2014
    ISBN (Print)9781466647930, 1466647930
    ISBN (Electronic)9781466647947
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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