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ERIC Number: EJ801527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Explication: Working to Discover and Share New Knowledge from Prior Experience
Franklin, Peter
Journal of Workplace Learning, v19 n1 p45-54 2007
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to develop the sustained argument that explication can contribute to the emergence and development of the philosopher-manager who is appropriately sceptical of generalisations, and confident in their own abilities to develop local, valid and meaningful theories based on their wisdom and personal experience. Design/methodology/approach: The idea and practice of explication as a source of (new) meaning and knowledge in a contested postmodern world is the main focus of this paper. Within the postmodern discourse which informs and shapes the paper, particular attention is given to the problematics of autobiography, fiction and "truth", and the undecidability of meaning. Findings: Explication offers managers the prospect of "new" explicit knowledge and skills based on their prior experience and, more importantly perhaps, explication helps people to develop a honed philosophical mindset which can recognise and deal with the empty arguments, flawed recipes and fictions that often characterise traditional management theory. Research limitations/implications: Future empirical research on the ways that explication is described and practised, is urgent and vital. This will yield interesting and valuable insights for those who practice explication, and for those who design and implement OD solutions including the corporate university. Practical implications: The paper outlines the handful of related activities which make up the explication process. Originality/value: This paper locates the idea of explication within a postmodern discourse. The paper benefits from previous work by the author which encourages managers to exploit their experiential learning so as to create and to share their own theories rather than rely on the dictums of others.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom