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"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.

The Implications of Aristotle's Phronesis for Organizational Inquiry
The implications of aristotle's phronesis for organizational inquiry

Wasn't the kind of thinkin' you get from workaday university lab scholars, publish-or-perishin' and countin' their pay. The truly original scientist is a free individual. (Haruki Murakami, Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. 1985/1991)

Introduction

In this chapter, we discuss Aristotle's ‘intellectual virtue’ of phronēs is; generally translated as ‘prudence’ or ‘practical wisdom’. We consider various references to the term in academic literature and its relevance to the area of organizational inquiry. We challenge the dominance of scientific rationality and the search for underlying ‘truth’ within some organizational research but, at the same time, we find a place for rational thought and for the notion of general ‘truths’.

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