Kas humanitaaria vajab äratust? Küsimus ei olegi humanitaaria valdkonna arenguga, vaid sellega, mida humanitaarial oleks teistele valdkondadele pakkuda. Siin siis küsimus sellest, mida oleks humanitaarial pakkuda juhtimise õppimisse-õpetamisse.

Autorid märgivad konteksti avamisel muuhulgas:

‘The business manager still sees the intellectual as an unproductive dilettante; the intellectual and the artist still see the manager as narrowly concerned with maximising profits and incapable of having higher concerns and aspirations’ (p. 114).

… ja seavad eesmärgi:

Our article proposes a possible way to go about this, exploring it in three consecutive steps: First, we outline the critical situation both the humanities and management studies find themselves in today; second, we introduce the Critical Management Literacy framework which we have developed to make the humanities’ knowledge accessible to management students; finally, we apply this framework to the humanities themselves to tentatively redefine their position in the landscape of academia.

Juhtimisteadmiste olulisusest:

The recent financial crises together with an increasing number or corporate scandals have shown just how dangerous mistakes made by managers are not only for individuals, but also and especially for society as a whole, whether those mistakes are made deliberately or out of ignorance.

Loodusteadused ja humanitaaria …

When the natural sciences began to first complement and then subtly change this mode of reasoning into the norm of unbiased ratiocination which then, in turn, became the model for management studies, the humanities began to lose ground. Trained – and teaching – to recognise in the cultural artifacts they were studying volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, as the famous Harvard acronym VUCA has summed up the cognitive and intellectual challenges of modern humanity, their knowledge did and does not lend itself easily to interacting with the so-called hard sciences’ concept of rationality.

Mis on juhtimine?

Management, in short, is basically a cultural practice of interpreting and in consequence shaping reality as such needs to be taken seriously in its own right as well as in it being inextricably interwoven with other cultural practices.

Kokkuvõttes leitakse muuhulgas:

the crisis the humanities find themselves in today is in large parts one of their own making, or at least one which they have as yet seldom shown themselves willing to tackle, many of them still clinging to what their subdisciplines respectively believe to be ‘their’ field, ‘their’ canonical texts and ‘their’ methodologies with the death grip of a desperation born from a corrosive loss of identity. […] it is vitally important to realise that while uncertainty is unquestionably one of the core characteristics of reality, it is at the same time also intrinsic to our perception of what is real, since this perception is fabricated by interpretative choices and as such is just as volatile, complex and ambiguous as its object.

Landfester, U., & Metelmann, J. (2021). De-disciplining humanity: the humanities’ case for Critical Management Literacy. Management Learning, 52(2), 144–164. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350507620958159