The End of a 'Period': Sustainability and the Questioning Attitude

Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 477-487, 2010

12 Pages Posted: 30 Oct 2010

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Scott Marshall

Portland State University - School of Business Administration

Vlad Vaiman

Reykjavik University

Nancy K. Napier

Boise State University - College of Business & Economics

Sully Taylor

Portland State University - School of Business Administration

Arno Haslberger

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Torben Andersen

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

Children enter school as question marks and leave as periods. From Neil Postman and Charles Weingartner (1969) in Teaching as a Subversive Activity. The aphorism above suggests that students exit secondary school thinking they “know” what needs to be known…period. Higher education may simply serve to replace the period (.) with an exclamation (!). Upon exit from college, students “know what is to be known” even better, are more confident in stating it and think they are prepared for job placement. Can universities help students recapture the thrill of being question marks (?), suggesting a joyful pursuit of continual self-discovery? In addressing this question, we submit that only with enduring questioning, life-long pursuit of new insights and continual adaptive change, are college graduates able to contribute to and partake in the paradigm shift of sustainability. Our essay seeks to connect the mindset of questioning and adaptive change to the current sustainability transformation within universities. In doing so, we set forth a foundation for understanding how universities, particularly schools and colleges of business, can empower students to leave our halls as “?”s and effectively participate in the sustainability transformation.

Suggested Citation

Marshall, Scott and Vaiman, Vlad and Napier, Nancy K. and Taylor, Sully and Haslberger, Arno and Andersen, Torben, The End of a 'Period': Sustainability and the Questioning Attitude (September 1, 2010). Academy of Management Learning & Education, Vol. 9, No. 3, pp. 477-487, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1700142

Scott Marshall

Portland State University - School of Business Administration ( email )

Portland, OR 97207-0751
United States

Vlad Vaiman (Contact Author)

Reykjavik University ( email )

Menntavegur 1
Reykjavik, 101
Iceland

Nancy K. Napier

Boise State University - College of Business & Economics ( email )

1910 University Drive
Boise, ID 83725
United States
208 426-1314 (Phone)
208 426-3637 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://cobe.boisestate.edu/graduate/faculty/VITAES/html%20format/Nancy%20Napier.htm

Sully Taylor

Portland State University - School of Business Administration ( email )

Portland, OR 97207-0751
United States

Arno Haslberger

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Torben Andersen

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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