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P. Christopher Earley & Lynn R. Offermann

In: Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom

Chapter 14: Interpersonal Epistemology—Wisdom, Culture, and Organizations

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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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