Critical Thinking and Community of Inquiry within Professional Organizations in the Developing World

Journal of Human Values 23 (1):13-20 (2017)
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In this article, I intend to underscore the importance of critical thinking in rendering invaluable positive contributions and impact within professional organizations in the developing world. I argue that critical thinking treated as a normative principle and balanced with a pragmatic orientation provides a rational framework for resolving conflicts that oftentimes ensue from the incoherence between Western-based organizational theories and the actual circumstances of a developing country. In order to optimize the benefits of critical thinking, I also argue that it should not be expected only among leaders and managers, but also and more importantly, among organizational members and associates. It is for this reason that I introduce Matthew Lipmanā€™s Community of Inquiry as a model for cultivating critical thinking within professional environments.
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