What and who is business for? What exactly is work and how can we distinguish it from other activity? Do businesses operate along different ethical lines from individuals?
This clear and accessible text introduces key philosophical concepts and ideas and applies them to fundamental issues in management and organizations. Written for business and management students with no previous knowledge of philosophy, this text will lead readers to question the basic assumptions widely made about business and management.
An Introduction to the Philosophy of Management is packed with case studies and examples which provoke thought and discussion. Coverage includes crucial topics such as business ethics, culture and leadership.
Boxed definitions of key concepts; Real life case studies and examples; Questions for Reflection; Further reading
This text is essential reading for any business and management student wanting to think creatively.
Section 1: The ‘What’ of Management
The first section of this book looks at three key elements of management in organisations:
- the idea of an organisation;
- the idea of work and workers;
- the idea of a leader.
The discussion will start with two distinct aims. The first is the search for clear and accurate definitions of key terms. And the second, to identify in what sense these phenomena are identified, how they come into being and how they cease – in short how they exist. However, we shall see that fulfilling these two aims depends on other issues which will only be addressed in later chapters.
A great deal of philosophical thinking is generated by defining terms and by drawing distinctions between similar ideas that are often equated. The ...