Management Learning introduces the context and history of management learning and offers a critical framework within which the key debates can be understood. The book also provides an incisive discussion of the values and purpose inherent in the practice and theory of management learning, and charts the diverse external factors influencing and directing the processes of learning. The volume concludes with a look forward towards the future reconstruction of the field.

Process Philosophy and Management Learning: Cultivating ‘Foresight’ in Management Education

Process philosophy and management learning: Cultivating ‘foresight’ in management education

To philosophise … is to invert the habitual direction of the work of thought.

(Bergson, 1913a: 59)

Philosophy is not a mere collection of noble sentiments…. Philosophy is at once general and concrete, critical and appreciative of direct intuition…. In philosophy, the fact, the theory, the alternatives, and the ideal are weighted together. Its gifts are insight and foresight, and a sense of the worth of life.

(Whitehead, 1933: 121)

Contemporary Western modes of thought are circumscribed by two great and competing pre-Socratic cosmologies or ‘world-views’, which provided and continue to provide the most general conceptual categories for organizing thought and directing human effort. Heraclitus, a native of Ephesus in ...

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