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

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Reference

Grisold, T., & Kaiser, A. (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), 39-55.

Publication type

Article in Scientific Journal

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.

Persons

Organizational Units

  • Institute of Information Systems
  • Hilti Chair of Business Process Management

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14779633.2017.1291145