Learning from a fool: searching for the 'unmanaged' context for radical learning

Izak, Michal (2015) Learning from a fool: searching for the 'unmanaged' context for radical learning. Management Learning, 46 (1). pp. 87-104. ISSN 1350-5076

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Drawing on the existing theorizing of organizational learning from a radical perspective, this article attempts to problematize such notion of learning and position it within the existing organizational contexts informed by divergent types of rationality. The study scrutinizes these frameworks with a view to reflect on the potentiality for radical learning to occur within them. In this vein, the conceptual analysis of non-technical and non-marginal notions, namely, ‘spirituality’, ‘luck’ and ‘wisdom’, in different modes of rationality is conducted. This article demonstrates that since the conceptual inclusiveness is entailed by the specificity of sensemaking mechanisms, which these modes employ, the analysed notions can be approached as their litmus paper. The functionalist rationality types are found to be incommensurate with exigencies of the radical context for learning. In pursue of the conducive area for radical learning, the notions of unmanaged organization and the technology of foolishness provide the theoretical frame for the study, and their joint sensemaking context is discussed using examples. This unmanaged space driven by inclusive foolishness is recognized as one that enables the liminal sensemaking processes conducive for radical learning to occur.

Keywords:Organisational learning, JCNotOpen
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N211 Strategic Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:19 Jun 2013 14:22

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