What Is (Business) Management? Laying the Ground for a Philosophy of Management

Philosophy of Management 19 (2):173-189 (2020)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In this article, we philosophically reflect on the nature of business management. We move beyond the political paradigm of the conceptualization of management in order to lay the ground for a philosophy of business management. First, we open-up the self-evident conceptualization of business management in contemporary management practices by comparing ancient and contemporary definitions of management. Second, we develop a framework with six dimensions of the nature of business management that can guide future philosophical and empirical work on the nature of business management: management control, people management, asset management and entrepreneurial action, management as participation, management as responsive action and management as constituting meaning.

Similar books and articles

Political management: the scientifi concept and political practice.V. Shcherbak - 2015 - Epistemological studies in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences 2:18-24.
Wanted: Philosophy of Management.Nigel Laurie & Christopher Cherry - 2001 - Philosophy of Management 1 (1):3-12.
Philosophy of Management Between Scientism and Technology.Enrico Beltramini - 2019 - Philosophy and Technology 32 (3):535-548.
Business Management the Chinese Way.Shengzhe Nie - 2011 - Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press = Wai Yu Jiao Xue Yu Yan Jiu Chu Ban She.
Crisis management as political and management cycle.S. Stavchenko - 2012 - Epistemological studies in Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences 3 (22):51-56.
Management-think.Mark Pastin - 1985 - Journal of Business Ethics 4 (4):297 - 307.
Indian Wisdom for Management. Someâsvaråananda, Ahmedabad Management Association & Vivekananda Centre for Indian Management - 1996 - Ahmedabad Management Association and Vivekananda Centre for Indian Management.
Management research and management practice: is the relevance gap closing?Les Worrall - 2008 - International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy 3 (1):1.
Marxism: Finding the Maestro in Management?Kieron Smith - 2005 - Philosophy of Management 5 (2):3-16.
Perception and organizational crisis management.Hooshang Kuklan - 1988 - Theory and Decision 25 (3):259-274.


Added to PP

341 (#61,423)

6 months
109 (#41,447)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Vincent Blok
Wageningen University and Research

Citations of this work

COVID, Existentialism and Crisis Philosophy.Wim Vandekerckhove - 2020 - Philosophy of Management 19 (2):127-132.
Do Managerial Practices Need Philosophy?Marian Eabrasu & Erwan Lamy - 2023 - Philosophy of Management 22 (3):309-320.
COVID and the Common Good.Greg Latemore - 2020 - Philosophy of Management 20 (3):257-269.

View all 7 citations / Add more citations