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The Role of Reflection in Managerial Learning: Theory, Research, and Practice (Hardback)
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The Role of Reflection in Managerial Learning: Theory, Research, and Practice (Hardback)

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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 30/09/1999
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Challenging work experiences are the richest source of learning for today's managers. Yet lessons embedded in these experiences are not always obvious. This comprehensive book describes a critical yet under-researched element of how managers learn from these experiences: reflection. Today's workplace demands continual learning, which in turn requires reflection. While this book supports the prevailing view that reflection is central to experiential learning, it challenges the traditional views that it is the same as contemplation, that it is incompatible with management, and that it is time-consuming and unnatural for managers. Original quantitative and qualitative research reported in this book indicates that two different yet complementary modes of managerial reflection exist: active and proactive. Active reflection is something that managers naturally engage in during challenging job experiences, whereas managers must be prompted to engage in proactive reflection. Both modes involve processes of intentional inquiry. Different forces are necessary to stimulate each type of reflection. Based on these findings, the claim is made that the potential to learn from experience is greatest when managers intentionally engage in both modes. Accordingly, a holistic model that integrates active and proactive reflection is presented. This model has important implications for theorists and researchers of managerial learning by identifying previously unreported aspects of reflection. It is also relevant to practitioners and companies who desire to enhance what their managers learn from their workplace experience.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9781567202595
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 552 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 25 mm


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"Why do people work and why do they follow? The leader of the future will be increasingly required to ask and understand the why questions of life and provide some meaningful answers. This will require more reflection as part of learning. The Role of Reflection in Managerial Learning is a must read for the leader preparing for tomorrow."-C. William Pollard Author of The Soul of the Firm Chairman, The ServiceMaster Company
"[The authors] show that career learning in the new economy is alive and well! This important book presents powerful new theory and research that demonstrate how learning can occur in everyday situations, under the new career contract. Anyone--leaders, H.R. professionals, and scholars--interested in leveraging the lessons of work experience should read this book."-Douglas T. (Tim) Hall Professor of Organizational Behavior Director, Executive Development Roundtable Boston University School of Management
"[This book] is a much-needed comprehensive treatment of a little understood phenomenon: managerial reflection. All angles important to a scientist-practitioner are expertly covered: an integrative review of relevant literature, in-depth research leading to new insights, frameworks for making sense of a complex topic, and practical guidelines for enhancing reflection....[The authors] model a holistic approach. They bring together their common interests but different backgrounds and perspectives to produce a richer understanding of the role of reflection in learning. They succeed in doing what is so rarely accomplished in our field--actually creating synergy rather than competition out of differing approaches."-Cynthia McCauley Vice President, New Initiatives Center for Creative Leadership

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