Critical Thinking

The ability to think critically is a characteristic expected of managers. What does it mean to think critically? Someone who thinks critically asks penetrating questions, examines underlying assumptions, searches for probable unintended consequences, detects inconsistencies in arguments, is sensitive and alert to the agendas and motivations of others, objectively appraises the merits of positions held by others, balances the needs of different stakeholders, and challenges the mental models and theories espoused by others.

Think back through the material you’ve read this week. What is a unique and challenging critical question you would like to raise about this material? (Your question may be about something controversial, about which you have your doubts. It may suggest that a theory or a model has weaknesses, challenge the truth of proposed relationships between variables, or assess the value of a suggested practice.)

After you have proposed the question, be sure to explain your thinking regarding the question and explain the research on your topic. For example, you may wonder whether personal differences such as abilities, attitudes, personalities, and emotions have an impact on job satisfaction. You might then go on to argue that you believe that the design of the job has a greater impact on an individual’s job satisfaction than characteristics of the individual. Support your argument with appropriate citations.