Wisdom in organisations: Whence and whither

McKenna, B. and Rooney, D. (2007) Wisdom in organisations: Whence and whither. Social Epistemology, 21 2: 113-138. doi:10.1080/02691720701393434

Author McKenna, B.
Rooney, D.
Title Wisdom in organisations: Whence and whither
Journal name Social Epistemology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-5297
Publication date 2007
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/02691720701393434
Volume 21
Issue 2
Start page 113
End page 138
Total pages 26
Editor Leach, J.
Place of publication UK
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject 750103 The professions and professionalisation
350208 Organisational Planning and Management
350299 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
440102 Epistemology
720403 Management
Abstract We trace the genealogy of wisdom to show that its status in epistemological and management discourse has gradually declined since the Scientific Revolution. As the status of wisdom has declined, so the status of rational science has grown. We argue that the effects on the practice of management of the decline of wisdom may impede management practice by clouding judgment, degrading decision making, and compromising ethical standards. We show that wisdom combines transcendent intellection and rational process with ethics to provide a balanced and integrated way of knowing, deciding, and acting for managers in a complex and uncertain business environment. Finally, we discuss the role and value of wisdom across a range of business functions including knowledge management, strategic management, leadership and international business.
Keyword Epistemology
Practical wisdom
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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