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The Value of Doubt: Humanities-Based Literacy in Management Education

Ulrike Landfester () and Jörg Metelmann ()
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Ulrike Landfester: University of St.Gallen
Jörg Metelmann: University of St.Gallen

Humanistic Management Journal, 2020, vol. 5, issue 2, No 2, 159-175

Abstract: Abstract Our paper addresses the question of what exactly the contribution of the humanities to management education could or should be, suggesting the concept of Literacy as both this contribution’s goal and method. Though there seems to emerge a consensus in the debate about the future of management education that the humanities should be involved with shaping it, some misconceptions about the humanities obscure the understanding of the why and how of it, most notably as to the manner in which they are to provide for ethical values. Our paper in a first step endeavours to clear those misconceptions up drawing on some historical aspects of their development. It then proceeds to introducing the concept of Literacy and, based on it, the teaching framework of Critical Management Literacy (CML) we designed to operationalize the concept towards management students` needs. Our leading hypothesis is that the contribution of the humanities should focus on the cultivation of the capacity for epistemological doubt in order to prepare students for the complexity and indeterminacy of reality, thus at the same time laying the groundwork for ethical reflectivity.

Keywords: Humanities; Management education; Ethical values; Epistemological doubt; Critical thinking; Literacy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-020-00097-4

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