Integrative Thinking is the ability to constructively face the tensions of opposing models, and instead of choosing one at the expense of the other, generating a creative solution of the tensions in the form of a new model that contains elements of the individual models, but is superiors to each.
I am devoted to helping students and executives improve their decision-making by distilling the thinking approach of highly successful leaders and imbedding it in MBA and executive curricula. Many years ago, I came to the conclusion that watching what highly successful leaders do is confusing and unhelpful. They do what they do because of the specifics of the situation; which is likely to be different from yours.
However, my research has shown that while their actions vary widely, their method of thinking and deciding has strong common themes. I call it Integrative Thinking and am demonstrating with business students and corporate and NGO executives that it can be taught.