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When was the last time you read a good book and went on an adventure, learned something new, exercised your brain, and fed your curiosities?
It’s true that we were all taught to read to comprehend better and communicate. However, the benefits of reading a good book go far beyond that.
The more we read, the more we understand the business world around us. And when we read books, the more we discover life beyond what we already know.
We also aim “not” to take a myopic approach and concentrate all on business books alone. As business expectations become higher and 21st century technology more complex, interdisciplinary thinking will become more critical for businesses now and beyond. Interdisciplinary thinking entails the ability to understand an array of perspectives and approaches on a single issue and see how each of these influences one another. Reading business books gives you a myopic solution to issues rather than alternative ways to see issues. That is why we believe in interdisciplinary thinking approach. Interdisciplinary learning is a demanding commitment. We strongly believe there are sufficient gains to justify investing your time in reading interdisciplinary books. The rewards will be worthwhile.
Interdisciplinary Thinking and Four Cognitive Abilities:
Perspective-Taking Techniques: This refers to the capacity to understand multiple viewpoints on a given topic including an appreciation of the differences between disciplines and especially their perspectives on how to approach a problem and their rules of evidence.
Development of Structural Knowledge: This is composed of two elements, declarative knowledge (i.e., factual information) and Procedural Knowledge (i.e., process-based information), which are needed to solve complex problems.a student writing in a field notebook.
Integration of conflicting insights from alternative disciplines: When ideas from a variety of disciplines are embraced when investigating an issue alternative perspectives and predictions often arise. The intellectual challenge is to find ways to account for these which entails careful and creative thinking rather than revert to a single disciplinary explanation.
Interdisciplinary Understanding: This entails seeing an issue from an array of perspectives and recognizing how each of the alternative approaches influences one another.
Being able to draw from a diverse pool of readings enables us to seamlessly adjust our thinking, not only across verticals but across a wide range of business objectives for each of our needs.