Towards perspective transformation in management education

the effect of estrangement

Stefan Meisiek, Temi Darief

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This paper presents a qualitative study of the effects of estrangement in the management classroom. We examine Brecht's estrangement effect, and propose that artful interventions provide interruptions, leading to learning experiences that are characterized by critical reflection and a shift of taken-for-granted assumptions. Our discussion of the estrangement effect is grounded in Mezirow's transformative learning theory, which speaks to the adult learning context of business schools. We found that estrangement can happen under certain conditions, and that it can help management students to experience perspective transformation, as Mezirow describes it.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2012 Academy of Management Annual Meeting proceedings
Place of PublicationBoston, Massachusetts
PublisherAcademy of Management (AoM)
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventAcademy of Management Annual Meeting (72nd : 2012) - Boston, United States
Duration: 3 Aug 20127 Aug 2012


ConferenceAcademy of Management Annual Meeting (72nd : 2012)
CountryUnited States

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