Original Research

Applying the Triarchic Theory of Cognitive Disposition in AI stewardship

Jacobus H. Oosthuizen
South African Journal of Business Management | Vol 55, No 1 | a4363 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajbm.v55i1.4363 | © 2024 Jacobus H. Oosthuizen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 November 2023 | Published: 10 July 2024

About the author(s)

Jacobus H. Oosthuizen, Department of Postgraduate Studies, Faculty of Business Management & Leadership, Boston City Campus, Stellenbosch, South Africa


Purpose: The purpose of this article is to philosophically argue the applicability of the Triarchic Theory of Cognitive Disposition (TTCD) in responsible artificial intelligence (AI) stewardship.

Design/methodology/approach: An overview of the Triarchic Theory and its three domains, Episteme-Analytical Intelligence, Techne-Inventive Intelligence, and Phronesis-Synergic Intelligence in relation to the challenges of integrating AI into our societies and organisations is provided, and argues that the theory provides a framework for responsible AI stewardship.

Findings/results: The article provides a conceptual philosophical framework for responsible AI stewardship.

Practical implications: The TTCD can help facilitate the responsible, ethical, and effective implementation of AI in organisational contexts. It provides practical examples of how the theory can be applied and highlights the ethical dilemmas associated with the integration of AI into our socio-economic fabric. The conceptualised insights can help guide business and society in the responsible integration of AI.

Originality/value: A new framework for addressing the challenges of integrating AI into our societies and organisations is provided. Practical examples demonstrate how the theory can be applied in organisational contexts, providing value to business leaders and practitioners. Additionally, the insights into the ethical quandaries associated with AI integration can benefit policymakers, academics, and society at large. Overall, the scientific contribution is its proposal of a comprehensive cognitive disposition that can guide responsible and effective AI stewardship.


cognitive disposition; artificial intelligence (AI); responsible AI stewardship; episteme-analytical intelligence; techne-inventive intelligence; phronesis-synergic intelligence; leadership

JEL Codes

M00: General; O32: Management of Technological Innovation and R&D

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions


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