How Concepts Solve Management Problems

How Concepts Solve Management Problems

Mike Metcalfe

This book offers a process for conceiving solutions to complex, wicked, messy, swampy or socio-technical problems. When charged with complex problem solving, a useful set of concepts needs to emerge, be agreed, and acted upon. Using relevant examples and solution mapping, Mike Metcalfe explains how pragmatic philosophy can be used as a process for solving such issues.

Chapter 1: Reflective thinking

Mike Metcalfe

Subjects: business and management, management education, research methods in business and management, strategic management

Extract

All thinking is reflection. This chapter explains the pragmatic argument of how humans think, how they inquire and problem-solve. Heidegger, in What Is Called Thinking (1968 [1817]) explains thinking as bringing 'things' into our presence, to our attention. Pragmatism, as you would expect, provides a means of doing that. It argues that all useful, rigorous, creative or purposeful thinking is foremost a process of reflection on concepts.

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.

Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Further information