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Tapping The Power Of Analogy

This article, which appears in the latest Harvard Business Review, is a comprehensive read on understanding and using analogies to make sense of new or unpredictable environments — be it for strategy or for learning purposes. It explains why the case based method of business instruction is so effective — it provides managers with a repository of analogies they can draw from to make sense of uncertainties in the real world. Much of the article, however, focuses on techniques to avoid shoehorning analogies to fit your bias. [Note: full article available for purchase online.]

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This entry was posted on April 18, 2005 by in Instructional Design.

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