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.

Contexts of Knowledge in Organisations

Contexts of knowledge in organisations

After reading this chapter you should be able to:

  • Analyse aspects of the media in which management knowledge is expressed
  • Assess the respective merits of alternative approaches to knowledge in organisations based on non-western cultural foundations.

In Chapter 5 we looked at issues surrounding the view that the methods of science provide a basis for organisational knowledge. In this more practically focused chapter we move to some contextual features of knowledge in management.

Two contextual issues will be considered: firstly, how knowledge about management and organisations is presented to us, and secondly, how alternatives to western thinking relate to modernism.

The Idea of ‘Social’ Knowledge

6.1 Knowledge is a collective asset of an organisation, ‘I know that p’ implies that ‘we know ...

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