Title: Knowledge, wisdom and intellectual leadership: a question of the future and knowledge-based sustainability

Authors: David Rooney, Bernard McKenna

Addresses: UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia. ' UQ Business School, The University of Queensland, Australia

Abstract: Important aspects of knowledge that are underresearched include links between knowledge, wisdom and leadership. This represents a research lacuna, which, if addressed, can help leaders develop knowledge-based strategies for future sustainability. Using a wisdom perspective enables the best, most strategic and ethical use of knowledge. By integrating knowledge and wisdom theory with strategic leadership theory, we define what wise intellectual leadership for a sustainable, knowledge-based future is. More specifically, we argue that strategic leaders should provide intellectual leadership for a sustainable future as an explicit part of a knowledge management strategy.

Keywords: sustainability; knowledge management; strategy; ethics; wisdom; strategic leadership; futures; sustainable development; intellectual leadership.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLIC.2009.021720

International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital, 2009 Vol.6 No.1/2, pp.52 - 70

Published online: 01 Dec 2008 *

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