- The Oxford Handbook of Organizational Paradox
- Foreword: Paradox in Organizational Theory
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- List of Contributors
- Introduction: The Paradoxes of Paradox
- Ad Fontes: Philosophical Foundations of Paradox Research
- Psychoanalytic Theory, Emotion, and Organizational Paradox
- A Road Map of the Paradoxical Mind: Expanding Cognitive Theories on Organizational Paradox
- What Paradox?: Developing a Process Syntax for Organizational Research
- Organizational Dialectics
- Circumventing the Logic and Limits of Representation: <i>Otherness</i> in East–West Approaches to Paradox
- Critical Management Studies and Paradox
- Beyond Managerial Dilemmas: The Study of Institutional Paradoxes in Organization Theory
- Paradoxes of Organizational Identity
- Alternate Prisms for Pluralism and Paradox in Organizations
- Paradox in Positive Organizational Scholarship
- Managing Normative Tensions within and across Organizations: What Can the Economies of Worth and Paradox Frameworks Learn from Each Other?
- The Role of Irony and Metaphor in Working through Paradox during Organizational Change
- Reflections on the Paradoxes of Modernity: A Conversation with James March
- Paradox at an Inter-Firm Level: A Coopetition Lens
- Pathways to Ambidexterity: A Process Perspective on the Exploration–Exploitation Paradox
- Gender and Organizational Paradox
- Navigating the Paradoxes of Sustainability
- The Paradoxes of Time in Organizations
- On Organizational Circularity: Vicious and Virtuous Cycles in Organizing
- Tensions in Managing Human Resources: Introducing a Paradox Framework and Research Agenda
- Looking at Creativity through a Paradox Lens: Deeper Understanding and New Insights
- “I Am … I Said”: Paradoxical Tensions of Individual Identity
- The Paradoxical Mystery of the Missing Differences between Academics and Practitioners
- Paradox in Everyday Practice: Applying Practice-Theoretical Principles to Paradox
- Methods of Paradox
- Expanding the Paradox–Pedagogy Links: Paradox as a Threshold Concept in Management Education
- Paradox and Polarities: Finding Common Ground and Moving Forward Together: A Case Study of Polarity Thinking and Action in Charleston, South Carolina
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter focuses on what it means to teach students to have an appreciation of paradox. Although scholars have long attended to the competing tensions facing leaders, a paradox lens suggests that tensions should be embraced rather than being a distraction that managers should minimize. A paradox lens has become increasingly important to studies on innovation, social entrepreneurship, and strategic management, yet the implications for pedagogy, and particularly management education, have been under-explored. This chapter examines the potential for conceptualizing paradox as a threshold concept in curriculum design and proposes how this approach can be achieved for students’ learning. Overall, we contribute to a richer understanding of paradoxical theory, and provider greater clarity regarding the ways educators can employ to advance the paradoxical capabilities of participants in management education courses.
Eric Knight earned his doctorate from the University of Oxford and is an associate professor in innovation and management at the University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney. His research focuses on the discursive and material practices that organizational actors use in response to strategic tensions, and his research has been published in journals such as Organization Studies, Journal of Economic Geography, and MIT Sloan Management Review. Eric is the founding editor of the blogsite http://www.leveragingtensions.com, which seeks to connect scholars and practitioners interested in paradox, dualities, and dialectics.
Sotirios Paroutis is a professor of strategic management and head of the strategy and international business group at the Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He earned his PhD at the University of Bath. His research on the discursive, cognitive, and visual activities organizational actors employ when dealing with strategic tensions has been published in journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management Studies, Organization Studies, California Management Review, Human Relations, and British Journal of Management. His latest book is Practicing Strategy: Text and Cases, 2nd edition (Sage, 2016).
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