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 publicationBusiness Education and Ethics : Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
EditorsMehdi Khosrow-Pour, Steve Clarke, Murray E. Jennex, Annie Becker, Ari-Veikko Anttiroiko
Place of PublicationHersley, PA
PublisherIGI global
Publication date2017
ISBN (Print)9781522531531
ISBN (Electronic)9781522531548
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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