“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 collective attention to such timely subjects as EQ, negotiation, global politics, and individual and organizational ethics.”—Steve Kerr, Chief Learning Officer, Goldman Sachs, and Past President of the Academy of Management“One of the ‘most promising’ forthcoming management books.”—EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF MANAGEMENTOrganizes wisdom around the five primary philosophical branches—logic, ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysicsApplies wisdom in organizations and management through international examples that synthesize a set of practical principles for academics and practicing managersOffers an outstanding collection of world-renowned scholars who give profound insights regarding wisdom
Chapter 14: 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 ...