visual thinking X management

Since I have been told not to post any delirious stuff on IDBM’s blog about Aalto on Waves, I’ll do it here instead! Well, maybe the best thing would be to follow the official AonW blog for informal material about what’s happening onboard.

Anyhow, this trip has so far turned out to be a great success in terms of developing my own research and teaching. Running a workshop on my own felt like a scary thought in the beginning, but after meeting the workshop participants and realizing how brilliant they are, all feelings of being scared just melted away. Fantastic.

During my workshop I’ve been experimenting with more visual methods in teaching and have to say it seems to work well! After all, most of us learn best by relying on visual means of communication. And if you look at research on visual communication, it seems to be picking up at an ever increasing pace! Alexander Osterwalder, one of the authors of Business Model Generation, for example is an avid spokesperson of visual thinking. And then of course we have all the designers, architects, and so on. But what’s even more interesting is that even organizational and management scholars are looking into the visual. Visual thinking and communication is becoming more accepted in management literature, but plenty of work still needs to be done if we are to achieve a credible position within the discipline.

That’s it for now. Hope you’ve had a good week so far! Greetings from the Atlantic ocean 🙂

Disclaimer: this post was mainly thinking out loud and written in less than ten minutes. I stand behind my words, but the thinking behind them is a bit messy at this point.

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