Magazine article New Zealand Management

Meaning, Models and Mindsets

Magazine article New Zealand Management

Meaning, Models and Mindsets

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Time was you wouldn't have put organisation and spirituality in the same sentence unless you were talking about the Catholic church. But things have changed--we're moving into an era where meaning (not just money) rules and managers need to take a more holistic view of organisation.

That in turn is impacting on management education, according to Trevor Long who writes and facilitates management programmes at Henley Management College and has co-authored a book on MBA Management Models.

"In developing MBAs these days I believe we need to move increasingly from models--which are essentially reductionist--to mindsets."

While breaking down systems into elements and looking at them in a linear, logical way is useful and helps structure thinking and analysis, what you also have to do is emphasise the importance of integration--how these elements interrelate, he says.

"What we need to do is adopt mindsets that help us understand complex management systems in new ways and that requires different lenses, different perspectives. Rather than simply applying a mechanistic model, these new mindsets give us the openness and flexibility that you need in a more uncertain world."

One such mindset is the notion of organisational spirituality--a subject Long is studying at doctorate level. …

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