Quotation Kaiser, Alexander, Kragulj, Florian. 2015. Building Intellectual Capital by Generative Listening and Learning from the Future. In Proceedings of the ECIC-2015 (7th European Conference on Intellectual Capital), Hrsg. Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro, 165-172. Reading: Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited.




The purpose of this paper is to present two concepts, which can be well combined in order to build intellectual capital in organizations. The method of generative listening is described as a listening from the emerging field of future possibility and transformative conversation. It can be seen as the ability to generate or transform one’s own understanding and furthermore it can generate a new space of instructional activities. This type of listening moves beyond the current field and connects us to an even deeper realm of emergence. Peet et al describe it is a process of storytelling, listening, dialogue, and documentation that helps to identify and document the tacit knowledge embedded within key learning experiences. By having students generatively listen to one another, they learn how to surface, identify, and document their own and each other’s’ tacit capacities, strengths, and skills (Peet et al 2011). A very similar approach, the method of generative knowledge interviewing can be seen as a method of tacit knowledge retrieval, validation and sharing. Roughly speaking, classical learning theories argue that we learn from our past experience and adapt accordingly to cope with the future. Besides the classical theories several authors are proposing a second source of learning, thus a second source for knowledge creation: Learning from the (emerging) future (Greenleaf1977, Jaworski1998, Senge2005, Scharmer2013). Learning from the future signifies a heightened state of attention that allows individuals and groups to operate from a future space of possibility, in which they drop the non­essential aspects of the self and open themselves to new aspects of their highest future possible future self. It is an approach that builds on sensing, presencing and prototyping emerging opportunities. ...


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Contribution to conference proceedings
Language English
Title Building Intellectual Capital by Generative Listening and Learning from the Future
Title of whole publication Proceedings of the ECIC-2015 (7th European Conference on Intellectual Capital)
Editor Juan Gabriel Cegarra Navarro
Page from 165
Page to 172
Location Reading
Publisher Academic Conferences and Publishing International Limited
Year 2015
ISBN 978¿1¿910810¿00¿2
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Knowledge-Based Management
Learning from the future
Kaiser, Alexander (Details)
Kragulj, Florian (Details)
Knowledge Management Group AB (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
1142 Systems theory (Details)
1146 Management information systems (Details)
2965 Knowledge management (Details)
5300 Economics (Details)
5945 Organisational development (Details)
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