Discernment and decision-making

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Bernard BOUGON S.J.

Jesuit ; Associate, FVA Management

Laurent FALQUE

Professor, member of the ICAM Lille engineering university management team

Seminar Business life | Friday April 4, 2008 - 9h30 - 12h

In the dictionary, discernment is defined as the mental ability to make a judgment clearly and sensibly. Can there be anything more useful than that for a manager who has to make choices, both moral and legal, every day. In addition, these choices collectively involve various people in his company. Laurent Falque and Bernard Bougon make it quite clear that the boundaries of decision-making models which are founded on the principle of rationality are well-known today, and are supported by research and empirical observation. How can one imagine making decisions if one is detached from the individual, his free will, his dynamics and his fears ? Even though modern approaches are often unsatisfactory in this area, they nevertheless encourage us to read the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola from a non-religious point of view and, in so doing, to read works from other important authors of classical philosophy in order to find innovative answers to these fundamental questions.

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This session was published in issue n°74 of the Journal de l'École de Paris du management, entitled Voir à temps.

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