language, rhetoric and values in the policy and management processes, managing policy making
public policy and administration; business, government and civil society
Errington, AE & Bubna-Litic, D 2015, 'Management by Textbook: The Role of Textbooks in Developing Critical Thinking', Journal of Management Education, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 774-800.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Critical thinking is widely regarded as a crucial capability for competent
management and also for any leadership role in society. In this article, we
ask, 'How do textbooks play a role in the weakness of many management
graduates' critical thinking skills?' Management teachers can find plentiful
advice about best teaching practices, yet the critical skills gap remains. We
argue that the nature and use of management textbooks intersect and
interact with students' epistemology to support a culture of surface learning,
resulting in a failure to develop critical thinking skills. Textbooks reinforce
underdeveloped student epistemology through limitations of content
and position students as passive recipients of an authoritative version of
oversimplified knowledge. In our survey of 30 successful management
textbooks, we found the majority of popular management textbooks
potentially inhibit, or only weakly support, the development of students'
capacity for critical thinking. The article concludes with suggestions for
improving textbooks and textbook choice or considering alternatives.
Errington, AE 2004, 'Neal Ryan, Rachel Parker and Kerry Brown government, business and society (2nd edn)', Public management review, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 563-565.
Errington, AE 2004, 'Leo van den Berg, Erik Braun and Alexander H.J. Otgaar - city and enterprise: corporate community involvement in European and US cities (book review)', Public Management Review, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 445-447.
dela Rama, MJ & Errington, AE 2012, 'The Pivotal Role of and Pervasive Influence of Business Groups in East Asia', Managing for Volatility and Instability, Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference, ANZAM, Perth Convention Center, Western Australia, pp. 1-28.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
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