An interesting series of tweets from Joe Luger found it’s way into my feed, and I thought it was worthwhile enough that I’d kinda quote/paraphrase/reformat it here (as a means of elaborating it (aiding my own learning). The rest of this is pretty much verbatim from Twitter … Learning requires memorization first learning takes memory. In order to learn a skill or set of information, its components must be memorized on the most basic level. [more]
This post is based on the chapter: Hintikka J. (1991) Plato on knowing how, knowing that, and knowing what. In: Knowledge and the known. The new synthese historical library (Texts and studies in the history of philosophy), vol 11. Springer, Dordrecht Episteme, for the Greeks, “meant something not quite identical to our ‘knowledge’ …. episteme could mean both knowledge and skill, know that and knowing how.” (p. 31). In this way it is close to the work techne that did mean ‘skill’. [more]
What if Mason and Mitroff (1998) are right? I am sometimes unclear as to how students respond to the material that they are exposed to; e.g., something like the notion of wicked problems. For a small minority of students, typically those with whom I end up having one-on-one conversations, I get much greater clarity of the ‘sense’ they are getting from the work we are doing. But for some students, including those with high GPAs, I wonder to what extent they believe the ideas that they are encountering, and—if they accept that something like the work of Mason and Mitroff is right—how do they operationalise those insights. [more]


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Strategic Management (BUSINESS 304)
Qualitative research methods (BUSINESS 705)
Management in dynamic contexts (MGMT 300)
Strategic Management (BUSINESS 304)
Qualitative research methods (BUSINESS 705)
I am a teacher and lecturer at the University of Auckland, where my main teaching and research activity is in the field of strategy. I am particularly interested in Strategy-as-practice (a practice-based view of strategy), Professional service firms, especially engineering firms, and Innovation as strategy, especially technology roadmapping (TRM). My consulting activity is focused on strategy for high-technology firms. I my spare time, I can be found enjoying running, and drinking coffee. [more]