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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