Entrepreneurial Literary Theory: A Book

A book based on the deliberations on this website is now available: Entrepreneurial Literary Theory: A Debate on Research and the Future of Academia  by Alexander Search, with Suman Gupta, Fabio Akcelrud Durão, and Terrence McDonough A Shot in the Dark book, London, 2017 271 + v pages, including bibliography and index ISBN 978-1-5272-1118-6 Ebook licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License. The full PDF of this can be downloaded free from Shot in the Dark book. The book is available full-view on Google Books. A Kindle version can be bought for £1.99 from Amazon UK , and … Continue reading Entrepreneurial Literary Theory: A Book

The Invisible Literary Researcher

As the previous posting observed, some effort has been made to bring literature, and more broadly the humanities, into leadership education. The possibilities have been considered occasionally in a scholarly register (e.g. Steyaert, Beyes and Parker eds. 2016, Chs.4, 5, 37; Wren, Riggio and Genovese eds. 2009; in a 2007 special issue of The Leadership Quarterly; Gagliardi and Czarniawska eds. 2006). These include wishful interventions by entrepreneurial humanities scholars. More importantly, leadership gurus have occasionally produced guidebooks and textbooks which can be used in teaching programmes. An indicative list would include: Robert Brawer, The Fictions of Business: Insights on Management … Continue reading The Invisible Literary Researcher

Leadership Education and that Shakespeherian Rag

I won’t try to define what leadership consists in, even in the contained sense of ‘academic leadership’. Numerous scholarly-looking publications on the typologies and styles of leadership (traditional/ charismatic/ legal-rational; transactional/ transformational; etc.) fixate on the content of leadership – what does leadership consist in? Who is a leader? What does she do? Mystifications, sweeping assertions and aphoristic pronouncements unfortunately abound in these publications. But they are testament to the enormous importance of the issue, not to be dismissed lightly. Also, these publications are consistently underpinned by certain dominant/common understandings in conceptualising leadership now – usually tacitly, so that they … Continue reading Leadership Education and that Shakespeherian Rag

The Shrinking Teacher and Pedagogical AI, by Suman Gupta

[I] Much as I enjoy futuristic drama featuring intelligent robots, replicants, androids, synths etc., I don’t think of these as other than fantastic – Artificial Intelligence (AI) as fantasy quasi-human entities, either undifferentiated from human beings or a superior species of faux humans, suddenly crossing some line into sentience. But I do take AI as process very seriously, and find proportions of AI beavering away everywhere. My way of understanding the relation between the human and AI, without trying to delineate either, is as a mutually-defined process, and goes as follows. If at a given time “the human” is understood … Continue reading The Shrinking Teacher and Pedagogical AI, by Suman Gupta

On Alexander’s Projects, by Suman Gupta

Dear Alexander, I find your previous two postings, particularly the one on Modelling as Literary Research, to be unusually boring. Perhaps you needed to be long-winded and dry to put across arguments which you felt literary researchers are not interested in — therefore not necessarily informed of. It might be possible to do precise measurements of literary value, build databases and do systems modelling as you suggest. I don’t want to have anything to do with it. That’s not why I teach or do research on literary matters. Quite possibly, most literary researchers feel as I do in this regard. I … Continue reading On Alexander’s Projects, by Suman Gupta

Modelling as Literary Research

I. Three Steps Thinking in terms of ‘modelling’ (verb) here, for social and economic contexts, involves both current senses of the noun ‘model’: as representing an existing system or structure; and as characterising a desirable system or structure. Modelling thus consists in a process whereby the first is achieved and, with that as the basis, the second is determined. Modelling also works amidst the process of moving from the current system/structure towards the desired system/structure: by factoring in developments and new observations, making interim adjustments to the model, and, when necessary, modifying the outcome. Critically, in the process, modelling also … Continue reading Modelling as Literary Research

Measuring Values in the Cultural Industries

The preconceived distance between literary and commercial value outlined in the previous posting (in the first two paragraphs) is, obviously, about how literary works are valued – as texts or as marketable items/brands. Here, instead of the term “commercial value”, I will use the more inclusive “economic value”. The term “commercial value” simply stresses a particular purposing of “economic value”, and otherwise has substantively the same meaning. The preconception in question is held by literary researchers (a section of Academic Researchers), who usually regard themselves as significant arbitrators of literary valuation. It is also held by other litterateurs who play … Continue reading Measuring Values in the Cultural Industries