Managerial cognition: managing tensions and trade-offs through paradoxical thinking

Preuss, Lutz (2016) Managerial cognition: managing tensions and trade-offs through paradoxical thinking. In: Management and Organisation research seminar, Feb 2016, School of Business, Management and Economics, University of Sussex.

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Paradox as theoretical lens has been gaining traction with management scholars, since the success of a company increasingly depends on its ability to address competing demands simultaneously, whether this concerns the tension between exploration and exploitation or between global integration and local adaptation. Applying the sense-making process as developed by Daft and Weick, this seminar will show that paradoxical thinking can lead to fundamentally different outcomes compared to conventional commercial thinking. These differences will be illustrated through corporate sustainability, the requirement of managers to simultaneously address conflicting but nonetheless interconnected concerns for the natural environment, social welfare and economic prosperity. However, the main arguments of the seminar have wider implications for strategising in organisations generally.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2016 10:00
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 10:00
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