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Wicked problems require a deliberate leader with the pattern recognition skill of an artist as well as the empirical gift of our 20th Century managerial inheritance.
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The nature of dynamic complexity of wicked problems lends itself to a whole new paradigm of approach to organizational leadership and development. The wicked problem construct as laid out in this paper describes this new paradigm. The implication of this new paradigm for theory and practice of organizational development is far and broad. For
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This page is a summary of: The 'wicked problem construct' for organisational leadership and development, International Journal of Business and Systems Research, January 2015, Inderscience Publishers, DOI: 10.1504/ijbsr.2015.066812.
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The Theory and Practice of Case-in-Point Teaching of Organizational Leadership
Leadership Education and Development programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels are implemented with an overall objective to prepare students for the dynamic 'complex global working' environment. Case-In-Point teaching in leadership education is an emerging pedagogy that is gaining ascendancy and relevance both in theory and practice. The pedagogy is predicated on the conception that leadership is a function of self-awareness and knowing oneself, ability to articulate one's vision, capacity to create a community of trust among colleagues, and the ability to take effective action to realize one's own potential; and that linear epistemology as a dominant and prevailing epistemology in leadership education can no longer be the dominant epistemology. This paper discusses how Case-In-Point Pedagogy can be used in teaching organizational leadership. The discussions are based on Ron Heifetz' Case-In-Point Pedagogy as situated in the realist ontological frameworks of teaching leadership outlined in Sharon Parks' Leadership Can Be Taught. The paper takes a look at the epistemological and conceptual framework of the Case-In-Point Pedagogy, the theory and practice of Case-In-Point Teaching, and how it could be incorporated into leadership courses. The themes and issues related to the adoption and use of Case-In-Point are outlined.
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