Wisdom of the moment: pre-modern perspectives on organizational action

Case, Peter, and Gosling, Jonathan (2007) Wisdom of the moment: pre-modern perspectives on organizational action. Social Epistemology, 21 (2). pp. 87-111.

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Although wisdom might be considered a quaint concept in a post‐industrialised, instrumental and secular world, it deserves serious consideration. This is done primarily from a philosophical perspective and is intended to encourage the reintroduction of wisdom into educational and developmental programmes, especially for managers and leaders. Mindful of the potential naïvete of transplanting systems of thinking from one epoch to another, we nonetheless examine the relevance of pre‐modern thought to the post‐modern condition. This is done by radically reinterpreting classical Greek texts as Pierre Hadot has done to derive a meaning of "philosophy" and the place of wisdom in the ancient world. The concepts of wisdom, virtue and enacted ethics derived from this re‐interpretation are then applied to an ethnographic case study involving a senior executive. This study suggests that a Stoical "wisdom of the moment" philosophy may characterize contemporary leadership practice.

Item ID: 26841
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5297
Keywords: Buddhism; enactment; ethics; ethnography; post-structuralism; pre-modern; stoicism; wisdom
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2013 06:15
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150301 Business Information Management (incl Records, Knowledge and Information Management, and Intelligence) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950402 Business Ethics @ 100%
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