Practical Wisdom for Sustainable Management
Beyond an exclusive orientation towards economic models, mathematical theories and management tools, management education is also supposed to cover aspects of personal purpose, development and sense-making of future managers. “Practical Wisdom for Sustainable Management” aims at overcoming the often decried normative void in management education.
During the first rather explorative phase of the project (2009-2014) ABIS and the Yale University for Faith and Culture initiated a series of conferences and Journal of Management Development Special Issues. These activities were supposed to shed light on the potential role of the major spiritual and religious traditions for providing content for teaching Practical Wisdom in the Business school classroom. During the second phase (since 2013), ABIS, KUE-I and AUI venture the step onto the operational level by organizing international staff and student exchange, Spring schools and Summer schools, paper and case study selections etc. in order to provide educational materials for teaching Wisdom in the Business school classroom.
Actions So Far
In the first explorative phase, a series of 8 International conferences were organized involving ABIS business school partners in Germany, China, Morocco, Israel, India, Thailand, Japan and the US covering major spiritual and religious traditions and their potential impact on education of wisdom in the business school. For each tradition, a special issue of the Journal of Management Development (JoMD) has been edited.
In the second operational phase funded by the DAAD, the KUE-I (Germany) and the Al-Akhawayn Business School (Morocco) established an international network consisting of German and Arab professors, young academics, and students from different universities and of supporters from an economic background as well as from politics. With this network in the background, a variety of activities has been put into practice, for example joint seminars in Germany and in the Arabic partner states, international excursions and fieldtrips, spring schools etc. Inspired by these experiences, the project partners have developed educational materials like a selection of papers, case studies, seminar concepts, and much more.
Overall, the project held eight international conferences with approx. 400-500 scientists, four special issues of Journal of Management Development were published with two more projected.
New approaches towards spiritual traditions were promoted, awareness was raised nationally and internationally, blog and press resonance, several MA theses and PhD projects realized and projected.
The Journal of Management Development published special issues to share learning from this project.
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- Christian traditions
Journal of Management Development, Vol.29, Issue 7/8, 2010, Special Issue on Practical Wisdom from the Christian Traditions
- Chinese classical traditions
Journal of Management Development, Vol. 30, Issue 7/8, 2011, Special Issue on Practical Wisdom from the Chinese Tradition
- Jewish traditions
Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31, Issue 9, 2012, Special Issue on Practical Wisdom from the Jewish Tradition
- Islamic traditions
Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31, Issue 10, 2012, Special Issue on Practical Wisdom from the Islamic Traditions
- Indian religious traditions Journal of Management Development, Vol. 33 Issue 8/9, 2014, Special Issue on Practical Wisdom
- Buddhist traditions Journal of Management Development, Vol. 33 Issue 8/9, 2014, Special Issue on Practical Wisdom
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