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Sensory Templates and Manager Cognition

Art, Cognitive Science and Spiritual Practices in Management Education

  • Introduces concept of 'sensory templates' into the field of managerial cognition

  • Includes tools and frameworks to implement arts and spiritual-based methods in management education

  • Encompasses a wide variety of disciplines including management studies, neuroscience and religious studies


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Claus Springborg
    Pages 1-9
  3. Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Claus Springborg
      Pages 13-54
  4. Cases

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
  5. Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Claus Springborg
      Pages 243-290
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 291-295

About this book


This book explores the role of art and spiritual practices in management education. It takes recent developments in cognitive science relating to the metaphorical and embodied nature of cognition as its starting point. Introducing the concept of ‘sensory templates’, Springborg demonstrates how managers unconsciously understand organizational situations and actions as analogous to concrete sensorimotor experiences, such as pushing, pulling, balancing, lifting, moving with friction, connecting and moving various substances. Real-life management and leadership case studies illustrate how changing the sensory templates one uses to understand a particular situation can increase managerial efficiency and bring simple solutions to problems that have troubled managers for years. Sensory Templates and Manager Cognition will be of interest to scholars and students of managerial cognition, leadership and neuroscience, as well as practising managers and management educators.


neuroscience spirituality conceptual system mindfullness wisdom emotion leadership

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CoCreationCopenhagenDenmark

About the authors

Claus Springborg offers leadership development programmes for both groups and individuals with CoCreation, based on work with art and spiritual practices and theories of Embodied Cognition and Cognitive Metaphor Theory. He also leads meditation groups with the Sensing Mind Institute in London, Edinburgh and Copenhagen and at the Findhorn Foundation. He has a background as a dancer (tango and contact improvisation) and a choral conductor. He undertook his doctoral research on art-based methods in management education at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Sensory Templates and Manager Cognition
  • Book Subtitle Art, Cognitive Science and Spiritual Practices in Management Education
  • Authors Claus Springborg
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71793-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10110-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71794-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 295
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Management Education
    Faith, Spirituality and Business
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