“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

Organizational Metaphysics—Global Wisdom and the Audacity of Hope

Organizational Metaphysics—Global Wisdom and the Audacity of Hope

Organizational metaphysics—global wisdom and the audacity of hope

The 21st century confronts society with challenges that will determine the future of humanity and the planet. Such challenges defy traditional analysis. Paralyzed by the inadequacy of our standard logic, we search for meaningful and effective understandings that can guide us—understandings that seem inherently true, right, and just. Wisdom, as the dictionary defines it, is that which “is true and right coupled with just judgment as to action.”1 Few of us question the need for wisdom, yet to date academic scholarship has failed to address the role that wisdom plays in supporting organizational processes capable of addressing the world's most demanding societal challenges.

This chapter explores the nature of pragmatic wisdom—wisdom ...

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