Updating the state-of-the-practice of emotions in management education: The integrated emotions exercise

Jonathan D Raelin, Joseph A Raelin

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An experiential exercise is presented to align emotions education and practice with state-of-the-art emotions research.
Starting with a contextualisation of how emotions have been used in management education and practice, a disconnect is
revealed between these domains and current research. In particular, academic applications have often embraced the
emotions approach espoused by advocates of emotional intelligence and emotional labour, resulting in emotions being
seen as something to be cognitised and controlled. However, the literature has begun to reveal the disadvantages of this
approach. The purpose of this exercise is to integrate current scholarly research into education and practice by asking
students to examine the advantages and disadvantages of cognitising and controlling emotions. The conceptual
foundation for the exercise is laid out, followed by its presentation and illustration. It is argued that emotions should be
integrated along with other means of discourse as a natural element of communications. Among the results of the
exercise, students reported enhanced ability to recognise when they can express emotions more openly. The article ends
with a discussion of a number of micro and macro variables that can assist students in deploying emotions as a basis for
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-24
JournalInternational Journal of Management Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


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