Mindfulness: An Essential Quality of Integrated Wisdom

Mindfulness: An Essential Quality of Integrated Wisdom

Kay Fielden (UNITEC, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-309-8.ch011
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Abstract

In this chapter, mindfulness as an essential quality of integrated wisdom within inquiring organizations is discussed. A holistic, rather than a scientific view, of knowledge is adopted. The discussion is also underpinned by a pragmatic approach that incorporates rational, emotional, psychological, and spiritual perspectives. While multiple worldviews are considered, the discussion is situated in an integrated participatory paradigm. A plan for developing mindfulness within organizations is described that includes consideration of multilayered development and ordered, unordered, and disordered organizational arenas. Complexities abound when both individual and group maturity levels on developmental layers diverge widely. Integrated wisdom is only achieved when consensual alignment is achieved. Integrated wisdom allows for this complex mix, is aware of the appropriate level and type of communication and or interaction required, and acts accordingly without prejudice or judgment. Implications for the future of mindfulness as a necessary skill for integrated wisdom are also explored.

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Table of Contents
Foreword
Richard O. Mason, Ian Mitroff
Preface
James Courtney, John D. Haynes, David Paradice
Acknowledgements
James Courtney, John D. Haynes, David Paradice
Chapter 1
Dianne J. Hall, David Croasdell
This chapter describes each of Churchman’s inquirers as a process and how each can be perceived as an organizational form. By combining the forms... Sample PDF
Inquiring Organizations: An Organizational Form Perspective
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Chapter 2
Bongsug Chae, James F. Courtney, John D. Haynes
This chapter demonstrates how Hegelian inquiring systems may be applied to wicked problem situations and knowledge work and how Hegelian inquiring... Sample PDF
Information Technology and Hegelian Inquiring Organizations
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Chapter 3
Alice Kienholz
In this chapter, Singerian inquiring organizations are further developed as the most appropriate type of inquiring organization for moving from... Sample PDF
The Design and Evolution of Singerian Inquiring Organizations: Inspiring Leadership for Wise Action
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Chapter 4
Ahmed Y. Mahfouz, David B. Paradice
Kantian inquiring systems can be used as a model for learning organizations. Based on Churchman’s (1971) inquiring systems and Courtney, Croasdell... Sample PDF
Kantian Inquiring Systems: A Case Study
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Chapter 5
Sharman Lichtenstein, Craig M. Parker, Margaret Cybulski
The real promise of organizational communication technologies may lie in their potential to facilitate participative discourse between knowledge... Sample PDF
Email and Knowledge Creation: Supporting Inquiring Systems
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Chapter 6
Dianne J. Hall, Yi Guo
This chapter examines the issue of technological support for inquiring organizations and suggests that the complexity of these organizations is best... Sample PDF
Supporting the Complexity of Inquiring Organizations: An Agent Approach
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Chapter 7
John D. Murray, Thomas L. Case, Adrian B. Gardiner
Churchman (1971) emphasized the continual learning nature of organizations as part of their ontological fabric. Accordingly, he proffered the view... Sample PDF
Knowledge Creation in Inquiring Organizations using KDD: Re-Focusing Research on the Analyst
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Chapter 8
Martina S. Lundin, Morten T. Vendelo
One of the oldest themes in information systems (IS) research concerns the relationship between developers and users of information systems. Over... Sample PDF
Using Inquiring Practice and Uncovering Exformation for Information Systems Development
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Chapter 9
Robert M. Mason
Organizational approaches to knowledge management are unlikely to lead to organizational wisdom unless the organization increases its awareness of... Sample PDF
Avoiding Epistemological Myopia
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Chapter 10
John D. Haynes
C. West Churchman’s five inquiring systems are considered in the light of Polanyi’s distinction between tacit knowing and practical thinking. It is... Sample PDF
Inquiring Organizations and the Wisdom of Tacit Knowledge for a Heideggerian Inquiring System: The Sixth Sense
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Chapter 11
Kay Fielden
In this chapter, mindfulness as an essential quality of integrated wisdom within inquiring organizations is discussed. A holistic, rather than a... Sample PDF
Mindfulness: An Essential Quality of Integrated Wisdom
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Chapter 12
Wise Organizations?  (pages 229-271)
Chauncey Bell
This chapter explores the ways that wisdom and wise action appear in the work of organizations and asks how systems can be designed to support that.... Sample PDF
Wise Organizations?
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Chapter 13
Nilmini Wickramasinghe
In today’s knowledge-based economy, sustainable strategic advantages are gained more from an organization’s knowledge assets than from its more... Sample PDF
The Phenomenon of Duality: A Key to Facilitate the Transition From Knowledge Management to Wisdom for Inquiring Organizations
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Chapter 14
Michael H. Dickey, David B. Paradice
This chapter introduces cultural hermeneutics as a lens for understanding philosophies of inquiry in distributed work groups. The authors suggest... Sample PDF
Understanding Organizational Philosophies of Inquiry Through Hermeneutic Analysis of Organizational Texts
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Chapter 15
Leoni Warne, Helen Hasan, Irena Ali
This chapter reports on the finding of the research into social learning at the Australian Defence Organization (ADO). The research aim was to... Sample PDF
Transforming Organizational Culture to the Ideal Inquiring Organization: Hopes and Hurdles
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Chapter 16
Haim Kilov, Ira Sack
This chapter shows how crucial aspects of organizational knowledge and organizational inquiry can be exactified using a relatively small number of... Sample PDF
Exploiting Reusable Abstractions in Organizational Inquiry: Why Reinvent Square Wheels?
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