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“A brilliant and comprehensive introduction to the most seminal component of leadership: wisdom. The diversity of the readings and wisdom of the authors make this a most original and valuable addition to the management canon.”—Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Management, University of Southern California and author of On Becoming a Leader“This wonderful compilation proves that management is as much art as science, and that deep thinking can inform and inspire practice to be more humane, ethical, and, yes, wise.”—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Harvard Business School Professor and best-selling author of Confidence: How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End“If you'll forgive a pun, this is a wise book about organizational and managerial wisdom. It shows what's possible when some of our best thinkers turn their ...

Interpersonal Epistemology—Wisdom, Culture, and Organizations
Interpersonal epistemology—wisdom, culture, and organizations

The recent spate of corporate scandals, executive denials, and organizational failures may lead people to conclude that many of our modern-day organizations and their leaders are anything but wise. However, rather than viewing organizational wisdom as an oxymoron, organizational scholars such as the chapter authors in this volume are starting to examine issues around the nature of wisdom and how it can be better developed in organizations. Here we join that dialogue by examining wisdom as it is viewed cross-culturally. In contrast to absolutist epistemological views, we argue that wisdom has both universal and more culture-specific aspects.

Wisdom has been defined in many ways and, as we discuss later, is sometimes viewed differently in different locations. At ...

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