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.

Leading in Organisations

Leading in organisations

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • identify elements in the process of leading
  • evaluate the asymmetry between leaders and followers.

So far the search for definitions has told us something about the concepts involved, but has not fully clarified the terms in question. One lesson to draw from this is that sometimes definitions cannot capture the full range of examples of a certain term. Therefore, although in this chapter we are aiming to understand what ‘leader’ means, we will not exhaustively search for a definition in the sense of a set of necessary and sufficient conditions.

Exploring the Meaning of ‘Leader’

3.1 Leadership is probably the most common notion in the theory of organisations. As a result the literature abounds with definitions, ...

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