Adaptation and Context
Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 25: Global wisdom: not a panacea, but absolutely necessary for transcending managerial failures
Few of us question the need for wisdom, yet to date academic scholarship has rarely addressed 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. The overarching focus is on those understandings that can be used to make a positive difference in the world. The chapter uses the founding of a new international development initiative, Uniterra, to highlight the need for and influence of wisdom in organizational processes and outcomes, not as a panacea, but as a necessity. The chapter therefore investigates the wisdom needed to create and maintain various aspects of global partnering. Because the chapter focuses on pragmatic wisdom, it also explores the concepts of hope and courage, for without hope and courage, wisdom could never move from conceptualization to action. Beyond discussing wisdom in the context of a specific situation, it attempts to offer possibilities to experience wisdom via a series of indigenous wisdom sayings (proverbs) from many of the world’s more pragmatic wisdom traditions.
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