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One new feature in this edition is the use of a Viewpoint section – a feature common in other Emerald publications. I have kicked this off with some remarks that give a personal viewpoint on learning in organizations. The separation of such views from the editorial allows this part of the journal to be shorter and crisper – for easy reading. “Viewpoints’ – and indeed other articles – are open to rejoinders from readers as one way of developing ideas discussed in this journal.
The authored articles are introduced by a practical piece from Linda Honold on the use of reflective notes. You may find it interesting to link this to the review article on “Theoretical wisdom and practical management”. It is possible that the ideas that Linda Honold discusses could, in part, address some of the concerns about developing wisdom in organizations.
Mark Haskins and George Shaffer also discuss an important practical issue, namely the use of a “memorandum of understanding” when carrying out learning assignments. It is a topic I have not seen addressed elsewhere in this way.
Clinton Longenecker and Laurence Fink look at ways of closing the management skills gap and indicate some useful solutions to the problems their research has thrown up.
Keith Denton tackles the unusual subject of linking Darwinian ideas about survival and species development to organizational practice, while Magdolna Csath makes a lively case for the importance of national culture in looking at learning in organizations.
The review article “Hasbro and executive development” is wider than its title indicates as it does a fine job in analysing the ills of business school operations. “Coaching and therapy in business management” explores one approach that has grown more popular in the context of criticisms of taught courses. The last review article, “Planning and evaluating content” is a practical piece about course design.
Ian CunninghamUniversity of Sussex.firstname.lastname@example.org