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.

Knowledge in Management – Some Answers

Knowledge in management – Some answers

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • Analyse component elements in examples of organisational knowledge
  • Identify key features of approaches to knowledge such as critical realism, or positivism
  • Critically identify arguments rejecting modernism as a basis for knowledge about management.

In the previous chapter we noted the distinction between foundationalist and coherentist views of knowledge. The foundationalist lays emphasis on the idea that knowledge should be built on a sure basis, on which the ‘pyramid’ of all our knowledge rests. In contrast the coherentist emphasises the idea that knowledge has to fit together – we could not have an item of knowledge that was entirely independent of everything else we knew. This distinction remains a significant ...

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