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David Rooney


Introduction:    David Rooney is Senior Lecturer in the UQ Business School at the University of Queensland in Queensland, Australia. He was also Co-Director of the former Australian Creative Resources Online — an Internet-based facility for stimulating creative industries research and for providing open source sharing of resources. He received his BA in Modern History from Macquarie University in 1992, and his PhD in Creative Industries from Griffith University.

A major focus of David Rooney's research interest is Knowledge Economies. He describes this interest as follows: "In this fundamental research program, I have established new and ontologically sound conceptual bases for understanding the nature and dynamics of wisdom, knowledge and related phenomena such as innovation and creativity. Management and policy frameworks can be developed through these frameworks to meet the challenges of the knowledge-based economy and society. I have in this work challenged assumptions about what knowledge is and what its value is. Finding of this research enable knowledge-related issues to be more strategically, systematically and effectively managed. Primary concerns for this program are in examining the relational bases of knowledge; extending knowledge management, economy and society theory to encompass the integrating and co-ordinating benefits of wisdom; and understanding sociologically the structures, processes, functions, organisation, etc. that underpin a knowledge-based economy or society. Of particular importance is the theoretical bases this research provides for the development of knowledge policy."

Of particular interest is David Rooney's focus on wisdom as vital to knowledge economies and to business management in general. In the abstract of a recent paper he notes that the status of wisdom "in epistemological and management discourse has gradually declined since the Scientific Revolution. As the status of wisdom has declined, so the status of rational science has grown. We argue that the effects on the practice of management of the decline of wisdom may impede management practice by clouding judgment, degrading decision making, and compromising ethical standards. We show that wisdom combines transcendent intellection and rational process with ethics to provide a balanced and integrated way of knowing, deciding, and acting for managers in a complex and uncertain business environment. Finally, we discuss the role and value of wisdom across a range of business functions including knowledge management, strategic management, leadership and international business."

Fortunately, six of Dr. Rooney's wisdom-related articles are available below in full-text format.

Email:    d.rooney@business.uq.edu.au

Personal Web Site:    http://sites.google.com/site/davidrooneyknowledge/

Formal CV:     http://www.business.uq.edu.au/display/teach/David+Rooney

Bibliographies:     http://www.business.uq.edu.au/display/teach/David+Rooney   For bibliographies with links, see http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/list/author_id/916/?tpl=2 and http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/list/author_id/916/

Complete Works Accessible On Line:    

McKenna, B. and Rooney, D. (2007). Critical Ontological Acuity as the Foundation of Wise Leadership. In: 6th Annual International Studying Leadership Conference., Warwick Business School, 13th and 14th December 2007. (.doc format)

McKenna, Bernard and Rooney, David (2005). Wisdom Management: Tensions Between Theory And Practice In Practice. In: KMAP 2005 Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific Conference: Building a Knowledge Society, School of Information Management and the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 28-29 November, 2005. (.pdf format)

McKenna, Bernard, Rooney, David and Liesch, Peter (2006) Beyond Knowledge to Wisdom in International Business Strategy. Prometheus, 24 3: 283-300. (.pdf format)

Rooney, D. and McKenna, B. (2005) Should the knowledge-based economy be a savant or a sage? Wisdom and socially intelligent innovation. Prometheus, 23 3: 307-323. (.pdf format)

McKenna, B., Rooney, D. and ten Bos, R. (2007) Wisdom as the old dog ... with new tricks. Social Epistemology, 21 2: 83-86. (.pdf format)

McKenna, B. and Rooney, D. (2007) Wisdom in organisations: Whence and whither. Social Epistemology, 21 2: 113-138. (.doc format)