Economic Wisdom for Managerial Decision-Making

  • Mike ThompsonEmail author
Part of the Virtues and Economics book series (VIEC, volume 1)


The paper argues that Aristotle’s “phronesis” can be explained as social practice wisdom, a discursive system linking mind and social practice to produce wellbeing and human flourishing. It uses the contemporary conceptualization of phronesis and its related metatheoretical construct of wisdom principles to bring a practical dimension to wise decision-making. The paper first reviews progress in the understanding of wise leadership within leadership studies and the principles of wisdom proposed by McKenna. Against this taxonomy it then recontextualizes the numerous calls in leadership literature for qualitative, research. It presents samples and interprets the resulting theory based in original material from interviews with 184 managers generated by the Wisdom Project.

The paper concludes that an economic wisdom is present in the minds of managers. Economic wisdom could offer resources for management education and development across all business domains to address the challenges of the VUCA world with a more realistic, holistic and planet-friendly approach.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.GoodBrandLondonUK
  2. 2.China Europe International Business SchoolShanghaiChina
  3. 3.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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