Postcritical Management Studies: Philosophical Investigations

Springer Verlag (2023)
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Abstract

This book is the first of its kind to offer a new definition of contemporary management. It uses Michel Henry’s philosophy and takes the real, sensitive and pathetic subjectivity of individuals as the starting point of the analysis as opposed to the usual large categories of representations; resources; images; and discourses. This book thus proposes to rethink management by insisting on the dialectic of strength and vulnerability; its power of constraint, imitation and imagination; and finally its framework of action situated in a fourfold concern for the self, for people, for institutions and for the environment. These different notions are useful in order to experience a deeper understanding of management that is free from the obsolescence of the distant recommendations of ancient protomanagement and the outdated and dubious prescriptions of the so-called “scientific management”.

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From Proto-Management to Contemporary Functional Stupidity

Xenophon’s Economics can be considered the first treatise to systematically discuss the scientific and moral character of household management. The industrial era, on the other hand, seems to undermine this moral aspect in favour of the sole objective of efficiency, and the work of Fayol and Taylor,... see more

Rebuilding Management

This last chapter aims to rebuild management by starting with a paradox and an analysis. The paradox of excellence concerns the forgetfulness of their limits by managers who are supposed to have all the qualities and talents. However, it is within the framework of a dialectic between strengths and v... see more

Rethinking Management

The second chapter of this essay is about rethinking management from a phenomenological approach and the notion of the subjective body. The aim is to reconsider work relations from an approach inspired by Michel Henry’s radical phenomenology of life. Two subjects are then discussed: demotivation at ... see more

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