Epistemic Style refers to the typical manner or modality through which an individual accesses and processes information. It is an area that has been neglected in management sciences. Individuals differ in the way they select and structure information and transmit the acquired knowledge. These basic differences in thinking can have a significant impact on the way in which senior managers conceptualize problems and in the way they approach them. These thinking differences can result in communication difficulties, alternative evaluations and conflicting priorities among interacting colleagues. Epistemic style differences can also become a source of discord, frustration and interpersonal conflict. When epistemic style differences are adequately understood, they can lead to genuine appreciation of alternative views and to creative thinking among interacting professionals in the workplace.

The Seminar will:

  • Describe the nature of epistemic styles.
  • Identify epistemic style differences in the workplace.
  • Assess the epistemic styles of participants by means of standard measures.
  • Analyze how participants’ styles effect communication and conflict in the workplace.
  • Discuss how epistemic style differences can contribute to creative problem conceptualization and intervention.
  • Identify effective management of epistemic style differences in organizational settings.

Brief Training Seminar: 4 hours
Complete Training Seminar: one day (6 hours)
Participants: 8-12 individuals in managerial positions.
Venue: Usually given at clients’ corporate sites.

Seminar Developed By: Dr. Alexander Abdennur   

Contact the Cognitive Centre of Canada for information.