Department of Management, Society and Communication

PhD fellow

Room: DH.V.2.86
Tali Padan

Management education is frequently critiqued for not incorporating learning that reflects the complexities of working life, including the confrontation with uncertainty. Without this ability, managers make hasty decisions and are not reflexive about their own practices. Many scholars have advocated the integration of experiential learning, but this also does not always include uncertainty, or the emotional reactions that come from confronting (or avoiding) the unknown. Experiential learning focuses more on what can be learned, rather than unlearned.

My research is rooted in the premise that the practice of being in uncertainty, also called “negative capability”, can be the doorway towards learning reflexivity. Using an experiential, democracy education method that I facilitate as an elective for third year bachelor students, I attempt to guide students from a process of reflecting on society to a more internal reflexive process. This is done through the experience of discomfort and uncertainty that comes up in confronting dilemmas. My research focuses on this transition from reflection to reflexivity, through uncertainty, and whether such a practice addresses the concerns of management education’s critics.

Primary research areas
  • Experiential learning
  • Transformative learning
  • Negative Capability
  • Unlearning
  • Intersubjective Research
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CBS PhD Association (PAC) board member

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Course coordinator and teacher for elective: Between Theory and Practice: self-reflection for responsible decision making

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Annemette Kjærgaard; Rasmus Bergmann; Maribel Blasco; Tali Padan; Carole Elliott; Jamie Callahan; Sarah Robinson; Tony Wall; / Subtle Activism : Heterotopic Principles for Unsettling Contemporary Academia from Within.
In: Organization, Vol. 31, No. 2, 3.2024, p. 412-424
Journal article > peer review
Maribel Blasco; Sarah Robinson; Jamie Callahan; Tony Wall; Carole Elliott; Tali Padan; Annemette Kjærgaard; / A Collective Autoethnographic Journey Toward Academic Repair : Unfolding Restorative Micro-Repair Practices.
In: The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Human Resource Development. ed. /Joshua C. Collins; Jamie L. Callahan. Cham : Palgrave Macmillan 2022, p. 417-429
Book chapter > peer review
Tony Wall; Sarah Robinson; Jamie Callahan; Carole Elliott; Tali Padan; Annemette Kjærgaard; Maribel Blasco; Rasmus Bergmann; / Micro-activism and Wellbeing : 1,000s of Snowflakes and the Potential Avalanche.
In: The SAGE Handbook of Organizational Wellbeing. ed. /Tony Wall; Cary L. Cooper; Paula Brough. London : SAGE Publications 2021, p. 542-557
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Tali Padan / Cultivating Negative Capability : Reflexive Learning Through Unwanted Emotions.
Paper presented at 36th EGOS Colloquium 2020, 2020
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Tali Padan; Nhien Nguyen / Responsible Management Unlearning
In: Research Handbook of Responsible Management . ed. /Oliver Laasch; Roy Suddaby; R. E. Freeman; Dima Jamali. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2020, p. 501-515 (Research Handbooks in Business and Management)
Book chapter > peer review
Tali Padan / Discomfort is the New Comfort
In: Proceedings of the 2019 unConference: Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) Unconference. . ed. /Emma Bell; Maribel Blasco; Todd Bridgman; Kathy Lund Dean; Matthew Drake; Jeanie Forray; Bill Foster; George Hrivnak; Amy L. Kenworthy. Robina : RMLE 2019, 2 p., p. 6-7
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Steffen Blaschke; Tali Padan / Organizational Unlearning : A Communicative Perspective.
Paper presented at 35th EGOS Colloquium 2019, 2019
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Tony Wall; Sarah Robinson; Carole Elliott; Maribel Blasco; Annemette Kjærgaard; Jamie Callahan; Tali Padan; Rasmus Bergmann / Praxes of Academic Activism : Exploring Pluralities and Perspectives.
In: BAM2019 Proceedings: Building and Sustaining High Performance Organisations during Uncertain Times. London : British Academy of Management 2019
Article in proceedings > peer review
Tali Padan / The Hope of Discomfort : Using Democratic Citizenship Education for Transformative Learning.
In: Organizing Hope: Narratives for a Better Future. . ed. /Daniel Ericsson; Monika Kostera. Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing 2019, p. 132-141
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Tony Wall; Sarah Robinson; Carole Elliott; Maribel Blasco; Annemette Kjærgaard; Jamie Callahan; Tali Padan; Rasmus Bergmann / The Plurality of Academic Activism : Heterogeneous Expression for Opening up Alternative Futures.
In: 11th International Critical Management Studies Conference “Precarious Presents, Open Futures”Milton Keynes : The Open University 2019, 2 p., p. 317-319
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
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