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Leaving behind what we are not. Applying a systems thinking perspective to present unlearning as an enabler for finding the best version of the self

Grisold, Thomas and Kaiser, Alexander (2017) Leaving behind what we are not. Applying a systems thinking perspective to present unlearning as an enabler for finding the best version of the self. Journal of Organisational Transformation and Social Change, 14 (1). pp. 39-55. ISSN 2040-056X

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Abstract

In response to criticism on the concept of "unlearning", we suggested that unlearning on an individual level should be defined as the reduction of the influence of old knowledge on cognitive and/or behavioural processes. In this article, we apply a systems thinking perspective on this definition to explore how far this kind of unlearning can possibly go and what happens if this process is inward-directed, i.e. affects the cognitive and behavioural patterns that define who we are. We take a knowledge perspective on the concept of the self and suggest that unlearning could trigger a disequilibrium, which in turn, enables a deep learning process and guides us to what is referred to as ideal or best version of the self. This does not only have implications for the individual level but it can initiate fundamental change processes in organizations.

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Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Keywords: unlearning; systems thinking; ideal self; best version of the self; change; learningunlearning; self-transcending knowledge; organizational learning
Divisions: Departments > Informationsverarbeitung u Prozessmanag. > Informationswirtschaft
Kompetenzzentren > Nachhaltigkeit
Version of the Document: Published
Depositing User: Gertraud Novotny
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2017 12:15
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2017 12:15
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FIDES Link: https://bach.wu.ac.at/d/research/results/80082/
URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/5525

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