Department of Management, Society and Communication

PhD fellow

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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
Administrative tasks

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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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 / Unlearning : A Transformative, Uncomfortable Process.
In: Proceedings of the 2018 Research in Management Learning and Education (RMLE) UnconferenceRobina : RMLE 2018, 1 p., p. 78
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Tali Padan / Unlearning the Other in Management Education
In: Building Transformative Community: Enacting Possibility in Today’s Times. Proceedings of the XIII Biennial Transformative Learning Conference. . ed. /Marguerite Welch; Victoria Marsick; Dyan Holt. New York : Teachers College, Columbia University 2018, p. 509-515
Article in proceedings > peer review