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.

What are Organisations?

What are organisations?

When you have read this chapter, you will be able to:

  • analyse and critique definitions of organisation
  • evaluate potential conditions for an organisation to be said to exist.

Defining ‘Organisation’ in Terms of Membership

1.1 The most fundamental question in any philosophical enquiry into organisations and management is: what exactly is an organisation? We can distinguish the two following senses of this question:

  • What is it for something in general to be an organisation?
  • How can we decide whether a specific ‘thing’ is an organisation or not?

Although the two questions are clearly related, it may be possible to answer the first and not be able to answer the second. I may accept that an organisation possesses features a, b, c, d, but not be able to ...

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