Tapping the Creative Wellspring: Art as a Metaphor for Meaning in Management Education
Students from Taiwan and the USA used visual
metaphors - original artistic creations - as a means to
increase understanding of key concepts, theories or key
management and/or organizational content as well as to
develop their creative thinking abilities. In several
courses covering management and organizational studies
domains, art as a metaphor has been successfully
implemented. In this paper, this innovative pedagogical
approach is described, detailed with actual student
examples, and evaluated by the students. In its
description: an introduction of the assignment, explanation
of the process, and grading rubric are provided. In its
examples: digital images of student samples are shown. In
its assessment: a 26-item survey instrument is shared along
with the results/insights from the students’ point of view.
||Metaphor, Disciplined Imagination, Management, Education, Innovative Teaching
The International Journal of Learning, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp.559-578.
Article: Print (Spiral Bound).
Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.329MB).
Head of International Business Administration Department, International College, I-Shou University, Dashu Township, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
David C. Trott, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Head of the International Business Administration Department in the International College at I-Shou University in Taiwan. David is an active member in the Academy of Management, having held every major leadership position in the Division/Special Interest Group Chair for the Management, Spirituality, and Religion since its inception in 2000. His dissertation “Spiritual Well-Being of Workers” (1996) was perhaps the first empirical research study to examine the influences of spiritual wellness in everyday workplace activities. He has continued his research in this area over the past 12 years and is currently analyzing data from nearly 290 in-depth qualitative interviews of workers from dozens of diverse organizations. David is passionately devoted to classroom scholarship and is responsible for teaching courses to working-adult students, traditional under-graduate, and graduate-level students. Twice he has received a finalist award for “Teaching Excellence”. Students note his innovative approach to teaching as amongst their most memorable academic experiences.
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