By Jean McNiff

ISBN-10: 0203184645

ISBN-13: 9780203184646

ISBN-10: 0415220122

ISBN-13: 9780415220125

The present orthodoxy is that 'knowledge' is the main robust source for organisational good fortune. So how can managers increase the best wisdom base to make their companies develop? the reply lies in motion examine. motion examine is more and more perceived and used as a robust method to advertise expert wisdom and improvement. even if, there are only a few texts that exhibit how this is often utilised to advertise administration and organisational development or that emphasise the reflective nature of enhancing professionalism. motion examine in companies fills this hole. aimed toward either practicing managers and college scholars alike, key gains of this name include:* the positioning of administration and organisational idea inside a framework * exam of the rules and perform of motion learn* real-world examples and case reviews of individuals trying to enhance their very own occasions via motion examine.

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For us, it’s more about being in relation than fitting into a hierarchy. Each person takes on a duty or a responsibility based on what they can do. But the authority rests with the group. Chiefs and leaders are western terms, imposed on other cultures. We don’t work in hierarchies; we don’t recognise status. There is no right or wrong. It is understood that where that person is at that time, that’s their understanding. So although I am contracted to do this work, if they said they didn’t need me any longer, if they feel they can walk by themselves, that’s fine.

The episode also highlighted for me how deeply ingrained into our institutional psyches is the idea that practice is a performative technique which may be judged in terms of prescribed criteria; how this view permeates debates on what constitutes effective management practice and the standards of judgement used (Management Charter Initiative, 1991); and how prescriptive propositional theory is accepted uncritically as the most appropriate form to guide practice when so often it is manifestly at odds with everyday practice.

When the work is to dominate others or to refine instruments of torture. In this book, however, I am discussing ideas to do with learning organisations and professional education. It is entirely possible to learn for social disimprovement. People learn all the time how to dominate, coerce, bully, kill. Dewey is right to say that living inevitably means learning; but what is learnt is at issue. However, I think education is in some way different. Education in my opinion refers to the relationship between people such that they will grow in a life-enhancing way.

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