Philosophy of Management

ISSNs: 1740-3812, 2052-9597

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    Toward a Constructive Critique of Managerial Agency: MacIntyre’s Contribution to Strategy as Practice.Caleb Bernacchio - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):539-561.
    MacIntyre’s distinctive version of practice theory has already influenced strategy as practice research but his approach has further relevance to the field. The MacIntyrean approach further focuses attention on joint production as an organization-wide practice that potentially encompasses and integrates sub-organizational practices. It also highlights the way that ordinary organization members engage in modes of praxis in order to integrate productive practices in the service of morally salient, organizational goals, facilitating collaboration and long-term value creation, illustrating how participation in joint (...)
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    A Sound Proposition that may not be Enough.César González-Cantón - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):563-570.
    In this book, the author proposes an understanding of corporate responsibility that can be captured in the answer to the following question: What are the implications for companies, as main drivers of economic activity (Part III), of the idea that the purpose of the economy is to create wealth (Part I) within the normative-ethical framework of human rights (Part II)? Enderle crafts a solid, well-thought and comprehensive account of corporate responsibility as a means to create wealth, understood in an expansive (...)
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    Writing, Violence and Writing the Non-Western Other in Business Ethics: Toward an Ethics of Alterity.Dhammika Jayawardena - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):521-538.
    This article examines how the textual rendering of the non-Western Other in Business Ethics in the West often remains a misrepresentation. Informed by the Derridean ethico-political project on writing/violence and ethics, the article analyzes the writing of this Other in Western academic production of Business Ethics, through a consideration of writing on the Buddhist doctrine of karma. It shows that this writing makes the Other’s presence in (writing) Business Ethics an absence–presence. The article argues that what is absent in such (...)
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    Secundum Naturam Vivere: Stoic Thoughts of Greco-Roman Antiquity on Nature and Their Relation to the Concepts of Sustainability, Frugality, and Environmental Protection in the Anthropocene.Hendrik Müller - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):619-628.
    This paper wants to shed light on the way the philosophical school of Stoicsm in Greco-Roman antiquity has dealt with the relationship of men and nature by pointing out to some of the key texts in which these issues are mentioned. Although the modern concept of sustainability or environmental protection did not really exist in antiquity, the Stoa was convinced that individual decisions had a direct impact on this world. Following the concept of environmental humanities, the ancient texts and authors (...)
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    An Essay about a Philosophical Attitude in Management and Organization Studies Based on Parrhesia.Jesus Rodriguez-Pomeda - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):587-618.
    Management and organization studies (MOS) scholarship is at a crossroads. The grand challenges (such as the climate emergency) humankind must face today require an improved contribution from all knowledge fields. The number of academics who criticize the lack of influence and social impact of MOS has recently grown. The scientific field structure of MOS is based on its members’ accumulation of symbolic capital. This structure hinders speaking truth to the elite dominating neoliberal society. Our literature review suggested that a deeper (...)
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    Are Psychological Theories on Self-Awareness in Leadership Research Shaping Masters not Servant Leaders?Anne Sebastian & Matthias P. Hühn - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):571-586.
    Psychologists and moral philosophers have much to say about self-awareness and so it is no surprise that in leadership research self-awareness also has come to play an important role. For some time now, leadership research has been dominated by psychologists and we argue that their version of the self-awareness is very thin. It is empty of morality and therefore offers only a partial understanding of humanity. That make its conclusions for leadership ineffective and unethical. Psychology-driven approaches to leadership stress effectiveness: (...)
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    A Consideration of Project Ontology.Brian Tebbitt - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):505-520.
    In this essay, I engage in ontological analysis beginning with questions like “What is a project?”, “What is a process?”, and “What is project failure?” In search of a basic ontology of projects, primarily critiquing and expanding on parts of Frame (2006), I propose a novel theory of projects as sets of propositions, contrast it with a current (albeit informal) theory of projects, and suggest that a project is best understood as a sort of propositional entity, a particular set of (...)
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  8. The Philosophy of Management Today.David Carl Wilson - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (4):493-503.
    This essay reviews the recently released Handbook of Philosophy of Management, using it as a jumping off point to explore some potential confusions in contemporary philosophy of management. The handbook itself, comprising 58 articles and some 1,000 pages, is a milestone for the field. At the same time, it brings a few problems into sharp relief. I argue for more clarity about the distinction between the philosophy of management and the philosophy of management research. I make the case that logic (...)
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    Do Managerial Practices Need Philosophy?Marian Eabrasu & Erwan Lamy - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):309-320.
    This article serves as an introduction to the special issue discussing the usefulness of philosophy in managerial practice. We present the papers included in this special issue and identify keynote directions for further research. The initial intention of the call for papers was to promote this topic on research agendas by offering a platform for discussing if, why, and how philosophy can complement and enhance management practice. Now that this special issue has been published, we see a broader significance: the (...)
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    Alternative Philosophical Models of Experience and Authenticity and their Relevance to Marketing Practices.Matteo Giannasi & Francesco Casarin - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):395-418.
    This article answers the question raised by the special issue of this journal in a positive way: managerial practices do need philosophy. In particular, it argues for a more concrete claim: managerial practices have needed philosophy in the past to develop some important intellectual tools, and today they still need to be open to the continuous conceptual and methodological innovations introduced by competing philosophical research programmes, because loyalty to just one favourite philosophical paradigm can hinder the ability of managerial practices (...)
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    Correction to: Alternative Philosophical Models of Experience and Authenticity and Their Relevance to Marketing Practices.Matteo Giannasi & Francesco Casarin - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):419-419.
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    Why does Faithful Epistemic Representation Matter for Management Practices? The Case of the Natural Environment in Management Theory.Rose Hiquet, Claire Wordley & Shahzad Ansari - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):347-372.
    Management theory is a diverse field where multiple theoretical perspectives coexist and coevolve, leading to conceptual pluralism. While conceptual pluralism is useful for grasping different aspects of the complex reality we live in, it may limit the further development of knowledge on elemental concepts. In this article, we focus on knowledge on the natural environment (NE) in management theory. We argue that management scholars and practitioners often rely on theoretical lenses that tend to reify the NE, thereby limiting the conceptualization (...)
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    Why Power (Dunamis) Ontology of Causation is Relevant to Managers: Dialogue as an Illustration.Marja-Liisa Kakkuri-Knuuttila - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):449-472.
    Since management is about influencing - influencing people who work in the organization, the structure and practices of the organization, as well as its environment - how ‘influencing’ is understood evidently makes a huge difference. The still popular empiricist concept of cause-effect relations as presupposing regularities is mistaken, since it forms no sufficient basis for action in new and unique situations. As alternative notions of causation, the paper discusses the Critical Realist conception of causal powers and the counterfactual conditional view, (...)
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    Is epistemology necessary?Erwan Lamy - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):373-394.
    The necessity of epistemological theorisation for management science is questionable. However, epistemology can be useful if the following distinction between three kinds of epistemology, usually overlooked, is taken into account: epistemology as a structured academic discipline, epistemology as an intellectual exercise produced outside academic epistemology, and finally the epistemology specific to each researcher. When this distinction is not made, epistemology can become counterproductive and impede scientific work.
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    The Management Practice of Servant Leadership: A Levinasian Enrichment.Peter McGhee - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):321-346.
    This paper applies Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophy to the management practice of leadership. Specifically, it focuses on servant leadership, which is considered the most dyadic other-oriented style. While often viewed altruistically, servant leadership can still be egological if it totalizes followers to a leader’s interests and to organizational ends. This paper conceptualises an enriched version of servant leadership using key ideas taken from Levinas’ understanding of the infinite Other and then describes this style using relevant examples. This novel approach, Servant-Leadership-for-the-Other, offers (...)
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    Aristotle’s akrasia and Corporate Corruption: Redefining Integrity in Business.Ioanna Patsioti-Tsacpounidis - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):421-447.
    Despite many twenty-first century efforts to minimize corporate corruption, initiatives taken by local governments, global organizations, academic institutions, or the corporate world itself, it is clear that corporate corruption is perpetuating itself. In this paper, I apply the Aristotelian concept of “akrasia” (moral weakness) in order to provide an interpretation of corporate corruption as an act of moral failure and misapprehension of the right thing to do, if not an act of wickedness, which originates with lack of integrity. By utilizing (...)
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    Reflecting on Practice: An interview with Nigel Laurie.Eva Tsahuridu - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):473-491.
    This is an expanded version of an interview with Nigel Laurie, based on his contribution to the 11th Annual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference, held on 8 December 2021. The conference theme Calculative silences and the agency of business ethics scholars is the focus of this interview. After studying philosophy at Glasgow and Guelph in Canada and a career in IBM, Nigel Laurie established his own management consultancy and went on to found the Philosophy of Management journal in 2001. (...)
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    Reconstructing the Moral Logic of the Stakeholder Approach, and Reconsidering the Participation Requirement.Marc A. Cohen - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (2):293-308.
    The most recent restatements of stakeholder theory formulate that approach in terms of the distribution of value: “A stakeholder approach to business is about creating as much value as possible for stakeholders, without resorting to tradeoffs” (Freeman et al. 2010: 28). This formulation marks a shift from earlier work, which included a procedural dimension—a requirement that stakeholders participate in organization decision making. The present paper pushes back against this shift: it argues that orienting the stakeholder approach around the participation requirement (...)
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    Exploring the Practice Rationality, Strategy as Practice, and Epistemologies of the South: Towards Wider Strategic Research.Júlio César da Costa Júnior, Leandro da Silva Nascimento, Taciana de Barros Jerônimo & Brunna Carvalho Almeida Granja - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (2):227-245.
    We propose a special look at new epistemological possibilities in constructing knowledge to fill the gap between theory development and its practical and societal applications. We turn our attention to the strategy field of studies, which is traditionally positivist, but that also accommodates some timid attempts to produce content from other onto-epistemological bases, such as strategy as practice. Then, we explore the possible interchange between strategy as practice and the Epistemologies of the South. Once strategy as practice is based on (...)
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    Effective Management and Skepticism: Exploring Criteria in Judging Outcomes.Jose Enrique Idler - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (2):275-291.
    What does it mean to manage effectively? This paper discusses the historical problem of the criterion, stemming from skeptical thinkers, and applies it in a management environment. The aim is to highlight how awareness of criteria in judging outcomes may yield richer and more nuanced views of effectiveness. The argument begins by exploring the characterization of management actions and discusses how a distinguishing quality of those actions is that they’re oriented towards outcomes. The question is then how to assess outcomes (...)
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    How Digital Technology Shapes Self-Consciousness in Work Relationships? Reference to Hegel.Albena Neschen - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (2):261-273.
    Up to now, there is a big debate, about what self-consciousness is, what inhibits it, and how this is related to work. By referring to classical theories of mind by Hegel this paper advances the thesis of an apparent congruence of self-consciousness and work as a developmental process in social relationships. This paper aims to open up a wider philosophical horizon for the criticism of current digitalization and the increasing variety of new flexible forms of work design. For example, the (...)
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    Review of Strategies for Distributed and Collective Action: Connecting the Dots by Martin Kornberger, Oxford University Press, 2022, 240 pp., ISBN: 978-0198864301. [REVIEW]Caleb Bernacchio - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):1-5.
    This is a review of Martin Kornberger’s Strategies for Distributed and Collective Action: Connecting the Dots. This book offers a comprehensive account of novel modes of organizing that are both distributed and collective. I briefly summarize each chapter and offers some critical comments.
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    On the Nature of Problematical Situations: Developing Cynefin from an Information Processing Perspective.Payam Hanafizadeh & Seyyed Mohammad Mahdi Bahadornia - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):25-49.
    The present study contributes to developing a pragmatic constructivist framework for detecting the nature of real-world’s problems. To do so, we developed a framework that appreciates factual and logical aspects of reality and considers the values of actors participating in the situation using their communication. This occurs by integrating contingency theory and sense-making theory, which utilize rational and discursive inference mechanisms, respectively. In order to effectively cope with the complexity of understanding problems’ nature, it is suggested to use rational and (...)
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    Sensemaking of COVIDian Crisis for Work and Organization.Shradha Kundra & Rohit Dwivedi - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):129-147.
    COVID19 pandemic is pushing business organizations to cope in newer, more resilient ways. In this study, in-depth qualitative research was conducted using Weick's sensemaking framework (1995) to give organizational leaders a snapshot of how individuals grappled with sensemaking during this time. The enactment of sensemaking for individuals occurred based on four major COVIDian realities: life during the lockdown, work from home, moments of reflection, and struggles and emotions. The implications of the findings are two folds. First, the dynamic nature of (...)
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    Rational Egoism Virtue-Based Ethical Beliefs and Subjective Happiness: An Empirical Investigation.Jeffrey Overall & Steven Gedeon - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):51-72.
    The fields of positive psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and goal-setting have all demonstrated that individuals can modify their beliefs, attitudes, intentions, and behaviors to improve their subjective happiness. But which ethical beliefs affect happiness positively? In comparison to ethical belief systems such as deontology, consequentialism, and altruism, rational egoism appears to be alone in suggesting that an individual’s long-term self-interest and subjective happiness is possible, desirable, and moral. Albeit an important theoretical foundation of the rational egoism philosophy, the relationship (...)
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    Popper’s Critical Rationalism as a Response to the Problem of Induction: Predictive Reasoning in the Early Stages of the Covid-19 Epidemic.Tuomo Peltonen - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):7-23.
    The extent of harm and suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a debate about whether the epidemic could have been contained, had the gravity of the crisis been predicted earlier. In this paper, the philosophical debate on predictive reasoning is framed by Hume’s problem of induction. Hume argued that it is rationally unjustified to move from the finite observations of past incidences to the predictions of future events. Philosophy has offered two major responses to the problem of induction: (...)
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    Jesuit-Informed Casuistry and the Role of Principles for Organizational Ethics.Jeffery Smith & Dung Q. Tran - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):73-98.
    Contemporary casuistry, informed by a centuries-old intellectual tradition within the Jesuit order of the Catholic Church, characteristically maintains that ethical judgment does not rely on abstract laws, general rules or universal principles. Ethical judgment is formed through a subtle activity of comparing prior, settled cases with the current problem one is experiencing. Judgment on moral matters is therefore thought to be highly context-dependent and requires a sensitivity to the unique facts and social circumstances of each case. This discussion reviews the (...)
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    The Digital Markets Act and E.U. Competition Policy: A Critical Ordoliberal Evaluation.Manuel Woersdoerfer - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (1):149-171.
    The E.U. is shortly before implementing the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which aims to regulate digital markets and (ideally) rein in the power of big tech gatekeepers. Several researchers claim that this proposal – and especially its goal to ensure the contestability and fairness of digital markets – is ordoliberal in nature, yet what is missing in the academic literature is a closer look at the parallels (and differences) between the E.U.’s competition policy (and the DMA) and ordoliberalism. This paper (...)
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