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 2: Thinking and Knowing about Management
In Section 1 we looked at definitions of some key concepts of management – above all the organisation, the leader, and work. One thing we saw is that when trying to focus specifically on what something is (as opposed to, say, what it ought to be) it was difficult in most cases to find a single form of words that captured all the cases we would normally and instinctively think of as examples of the idea in question. As Chapters 2 and more especially 3 progressed, we focused ever more on what it might mean to apply the concept in question. This became most evident when we discussed ideas about what it is to be a ...