Bringing the heart and soul back in: collaborative inquiry and the DBA

Hay, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-2629-230X and Samra-Fredericks, D. ORCID: 0000-0002-4686-0669, 2018. Bringing the heart and soul back in: collaborative inquiry and the DBA. Academy of Management Learning & Education. ISSN 1537-260X

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Abstract

Waddock and Lozano (2013) propose that there is an urgent need to bring the 'heart and soul' back into management education. Indeed, its absence has also been implicated in the plethora of recent scandals and the global financial crisis. We suggest that, in part, such issues are attributable to a continued over reliance on a scientific and detached form of knowing which displaces particular 'human characteristics' and in so doing, downplays our inherent connections to others. In contrast, we identify the importance of embracing a supplementary form of knowing- collaborative inquiry which potentially restores our connections to others in ways which provide opportunities for a more heartfelt and soulful management practice. Specifically, we extend Van de Ven and Johnson’s (2006) notion of collaborative inquiry to consider how it is mobilized in the context of a UK DBA program and in turn examine the impact this move accomplishes. Drawing upon a detailed analysis of twenty students’ reflective journals, we illustrate the ways in which they develop a form of empathy. Crucially, we found that this was one important means for (re)-connecting to others and in ways which begin to bring in a sense of heart and soul back into management education.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Academy of Management Learning & Education
Creators: Hay, A. and Samra-Fredericks, D.
Publisher: Academy of Management
Date: 22 January 2018
ISSN: 1537-260X
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10.5465/amle.2017.0020DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Jan 2018 11:41
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 11:41
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32529

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