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.
Chapter 4: Questioning Our Knowledge about Management
Questioning Our Knowledge about Management
After reading this chapter you should be able to:
- critically identify arguments concerning our knowledge of the external world, in relation to the context of business
- evaluate definitions of knowledge in terms of belief and justification
- evaluate the ideas of a foundation for knowledge, and of knowledge as coherence.
Knowledge in Business
4.1 Our every action is informed by knowledge or beliefs about the world around us. Most of the time we act without questioning these, but when we do question them, often we do not have sufficient evidence to justify them. There are two aspects to this, that distinguish two different sides to philosophical discussions about knowledge. First we can question whether in specific cases we have sufficient evidence to ...