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.

Workers and Work

Workers and work

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

  • critically evaluate definitions of ‘work’ and ‘workers’.

In the previous chapter we tried to define a key term, but encountered cases that defied our attempts. Granted, these were relatively unusual, but all the same they indicated that the most basic idea of an organisation is not quite as clear as we might like it to be.

In this chapter we are turning our attention to another central idea in understanding organisations and management – that of the worker. We will start with an attempt to define work and working that has some similarity in approach to that adopted in Chapter 1. We will, though, spend less time on this activity, not because ...

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