Scholarly Program Day 1 Reactions

Today was the first day of the scholarly program at the Academy of Management 2011 conference, and it was a long one.

I started the day by facilitating a fascinating discussion in Why Minds Matter: Learning, Knowledge and Development in Organizations.  Papers were quite diverse with a few threads in common.  One of my favorites was a piece on “The Games Managers Play,” an exploration of the concept of play in developmental activities.  Play is an integral part of child development, and the skills gained in play have many parallels to the skills needed by successful managers.  There was even a suggestion in the paper that by teaching children not to play too early (e.g. a well-meaning teaching encouraging “serious” behavior in 1st grade), their ability to lead later in life might be inhibited.  I look forward to the paper in Academy of Management Learning and Education.

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