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.

Key features:

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.

Business and Society

Business and society

In this final chapter we will look at right and wrong as they relate to corporate activities, as distinct from the individual focus of the previous chapter.

When you have finished this chapter you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate theories of corporate legitimacy
  • analyse concepts of corporate responsibility
  • identify and evaluate models of corporate engagement with social issues.

Business and Government

9.1 What legitimises business? To answer this, we need first to consider the role of government. Whilst one might construe this issue as how governments manage relationships with those organisations that operate in their countries, in the modern era not only supersize firms such as Tata or BP, but also many other companies, operate across borders. These companies can move their operations swiftly between ...

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