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Beyond Critical Thinking And Decision Making: Teaching Business Students How To Think
Journal of Management Education (2003)
  • Gerald F. Smith, University of Northern Iowa
Abstract
Teaching students how to think is a universal goal of educational institutions. Business schools have addressed this goal by injecting critical thinking activities into their programs, and by offering courses on managerial decision making. This paper reviews these efforts, and concludes that they are not adequate to the challenge of teaching business students how to think effectively. It proposes a comprehensive thinking skills program that includes critical thinking and decision making content, but also addresses the many other thinking tasks managers perform. The paper discusses programmatic issues and provides pedagogical advice pertaining to the teaching of thinking skills in business schools.
Keywords
  • critical thinking,
  • decision making,
  • management education,
  • problem solving,
  • teaching of thinking
Publication Date
January 2, 2003
DOI
10.1177/1052562902239247
Citation Information
Gerald F. Smith. "Beyond Critical Thinking And Decision Making: Teaching Business Students How To Think" Journal of Management Education Vol. 27 Iss. 1 (2003) p. 24 - 51
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/gerald-smith/1/