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Title: Learning to help through humble inquiry and implications for management research, practice and education: an interview with Edgar H. Schein
Authors: Lambrechts, Frank ×
Bouwen, Rene
Grieten, Styn
Huybrechts, Jolien
Schein, Edgar H #
Editors: Bell, Mytle
Issue Date: Mar-2011
Publisher: Academy of Management
Series Title: Academy of Management Learning & Education vol:10 issue:1 pages:131-147
Abstract: For more than 50 years, Edgar H. Schein, the Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management, has creatively shaped management and organizational scholarship and practice. He is the author of 15 books, including Process Consultation Revisited, Organizational Culture and Leadership, Career Anchors, Organizational Psychology, Career Dynamics, and Helping, as well as numerous articles in academic and professional journals. Novelty, clarity, and relevance have always been the guiding principles of his work. In this interview, Schein moves on from his key formative learning experiences to focusing on humble inquiry as the key to building and maintaining the helping relationship. Comprised of both a helper's attitude and behavior, humble inquiry embodies 'accessing one's ignorance' and becoming open to what the helper and the helped may learn from each other through observation, genuine empathic questioning, careful listening, and suspension of judgment. Schein not only identifies several challenges within management research, practice, and education, but also offers provocative recommendations to those involved.
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ISSN: 1537-260X
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Centre for Organisation Studies, Leuven
Research Centre for Work and Organisation Studies (WOS Bxl), Campus Brussels
Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB) - miscellaneous
× corresponding author
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