Book review: Heidegger and executive education: The management of time

Authors: Nordberg, D.

Journal: Management Learning: The Journal for Managerial and Organizational Learning

Publisher: SAGE

ISSN: 1350-5076

DOI: 10.1177/1350507618794099

When the editors of Management Learning sought a reviewer for this book, I leapt at the opportunity. I identified instantly with the book for two reasons. First, as an undergraduate many years ago, I studied quite a lot of German philosophy: Hegel, Schlegel, Marx, Schopenhauer, Fichte, Nietzsche, Husserl. The course concluded with a nod to Heidegger. Too difficult, the professor said. Come back to this later. Now was that “later”. Second, after 15 years or so in business, I was invited to undertake just the sort of executive education that motivated Toby Thompson to write this book. It was a two-week residential course, run by professors at an eminent business school and designed as the cornerstone of a large corporation’s global leadership development. The exercise was illuminating. It led me to undertake an MBA a few years later, which led me a decade or so after that to teach at a business school and to pursue a PhD so I might teach the type of executive education I had experienced. To me, reviewing this book held out the promise of killing two philosophical bugbears with one philosopher’s stone. ...

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