Creating space for Reflexivity at an MBA

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    While executive programmes, including MBA studies, have proliferated in recent years, there
    has been an increasing focus on how executive teaching contributes to contemporary
    challenges facing executives in their everyday life as organizational heads. In particular,
    researchers on management learning have called for a balance between hard and soft skills,
    practice-oriented reflexivity, and new ways of bridging theory and practice. The present paper
    answers this call by focusing on how a relational and social construction approach can assist
    the development of executive programmes in order to accommodate the need for more
    reflexive practices in the everyday life of the executive. The paper addresses how reflexivity
    can be supported during MBA programmes, which is demonstrated by a longitudinal
    experimental effort where the authors of the paper applied seven different management
    learning practices to a Danish MBA programme. The point of departure for the application
    consists of three premises: 1) Management learning is a situated, relational, contextual and
    problem-based practice where the organizational challenges of executives must be explored
    from within their real business situations; 2) management learning emerges from incidents,
    phenomena and ways of relating that represent not anticipated or unexpected insights by which
    the executive is struck; 3) management learning revolves around reflexivity. The paper arrives
    at two significant findings and a question for future research. First, reflexivity is not and cannot
    be perceived as a planned or progressive process. Second, reflexivity is a relational practice
    that involves unsettling taken-for-granted assumptions and perceptions. Third, the occurrence
    of reflexivity in management learning seems to depend more on process than content in
    management learning – however, further research on the relationship between the how and
    what of management learning is warranted
    Publikationsdato28 mar. 2019
    Antal sider40
    StatusUdgivet - 28 mar. 2019
    BegivenhedEuropean Academy of Management: Exploring the future of management - ISCTE-IUL, Lisbon, Portugal
    Varighed: 26 jun. 201928 jun. 2019
    Konferencens nummer: 19


    KonferenceEuropean Academy of Management


    • Management learning, MBA, reflexivity, withness-thinking, striking moments