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Management and the unconscious mind: Track 1

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How can the unconscious mind influence management styles? Is rational thinking a pre-requisite for good ideas? The human brain is an incredibly complex machine which constantly processes vast amounts of data many of us are oblivious to as we go about our lives, but can the information contained within the unconscious mind aid managers within the work place? In the following audio discussion Guy Claxton, a psychologist from the University of Bristol argues that the parts of the psyche that operate independent of conscious reasoning can in fact be used to solve problems in everyday life, but this would require a shift in culture away from traditional management styles.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 10 mins
  • Updated Wednesday 20th November 2013
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Money & Business
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Track 1: Why are managers in the East happier to work with a greater level of ambiguity?

Western culture has a history of emphasising rational thought and individuals identifying with their conscious mind.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Why are managers in the East happier to work with a greater level of ambiguity?    Western culture has a history of emphasising rational thought and individuals identifying with their conscious mind. Play now Why are managers in the East happier to work with a greater level of ambiguity?
2 Tacit knowledge and changing the management culture    Tacit knowledge is difficult to transfer but a culture that allows space for slower forms of thought can help Play now Tacit knowledge and changing the management culture