Learning is journeying

Learning is journeying. And like traveling, journeying means that we depart from our familiar dwelling to a place that is new and strange to us. But unlike traveling, journeying is a difficult and long process with no clear view of where it will end. Therefore, a journeyman (and woman) is forever a guest to what he visits. Each step taken is a step of respect. And strangeness is not to be judged and beaten up by his pre-conceptions but to be given space to shape his world-view in apprehending it.

It is true that to get things done you need to stick to what you know. But to enrich what you do and how you think, you have to admit what you don’t know. This is what learning is about. To learn requires you to be thrown off-balance. To be uncomfortable. To be exposed. To take the courage and say to yourself, “I don’t know” and then starts to appreciate others.

Andrew Pettigrew’s message to young scholars (Strategy-as-process and practice: Part 2 of 3)

This time Andrew Pettigrew, a world-renowned management professor from Saïd Business School University of Oxford, came to JIBS for a seminar in the second part of Strategy as Process and Practice course. In his energetic, provocative, and occasionally humorous style, Andrew shared his point of view on process scholarship as well as scholarship in general. Here is my interpretation of his advises for young scholars (especially PhD students).

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We learn from the past to create the future

Kids are amazing. Their energies are endless. Their eyes spark like stars that contain all the futures in the world. They are curious and always excited to learn anything. Unlike adults who worry about their future and trapped by their past, kids totally live in the present. If they fall they cry out loud, if they are happy they laugh sincerely. All out, with no slice of hesitation. But even though they live in the present, their presence projects the future.

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