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Critique of management : toward a philosophy and ethics of business management

By: Blok, VincentPublication details: New York Routledge 2022Description: 209pISBN: 9781032137940Subject(s): Management - Philosophy | Social responsibility of business | Business ethicsDDC classification: 658 Summary: This book reflects on the nature of business management to contribute to the development of a philosophy and ethics of management. It engages in conceptual engineering of management to delineate the phenomenon of management and, as a result, to open a new perspective on management beyond its self-evident conceptualization. After questioning the self-evident concept of management, the author develops a philosophy of management with six dimensions of the nature of management: management as participation; management as resistance and responsive action; management as the constitution of meaning; management as politico-economic governance; management as non-reductive stakeholder engagement; and management as epistemic insufficient entrepreneurship. These six dimensions of management are taken as points of departure to develop an integrated concept of business ethics, an individual competence for ethical business management, and a concept of ethical codes for corporate socially responsible behaviour. This new conception of philosophy of management and business ethics can guide future philosophical and empirical work on the nature of management. The Critique of Management is an excellent resource for researchers, students, and professionals interested in the philosophy of management, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.
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Table of Contents:

Introduction
1 What Is Management?
2 Research Questions, Task, and Main Contributions of This Study
3 Design of the Study

1. Setting the Scene: Opening Up the Self-evident Concept of Management
4 Xenophon's Philosophy of Management
Establishment and Governance of a Functioning Order of the Business in Order to Make Profit
Establishment and Governance of a Functioning Order of the Business in order to Evoke Public Admiration Establishment and Governance of a Functioning Order of the Business to Serve Both Private and Public Interests
Engagement in the Business Operations via Direct Labour
Engagement in the Business Operations via the Work Done by Other People
Training and Teaching of Employees and Middle Managers
Acknowledgement of the Fundamental Limitations of Management and the Role of Risk and Misfortune
Proper Asset Management in order to Increase Profit and Pleasure
Proper Asset Management in order to Serve Society
5 Key Requirements of Business Managers According to Xenophon Knowledge Involved in Management Practices
Skills Involved in Management Practices
Virtues Involved in Business Management
6 Questioning the Self-evident Conceptualization of Management from the Perspective of Xenophon's Philosophy of Management
Management for Profit
Management as Managerial Power
Management as Mechanism of Control
7 Questioning the Self-evident Conceptualization of Management from the Perspective of the Grand Challenges of Our Time
Management as Establishment and Governance of a Functioning Order
People Management Management as Entrepreneurial Action
Key Knowledge, Skills, and Virtues of the Business Manager

2. Management as Participation, Responsive Action, and Constitution of Meaning
8 Management as Participation
9 Management as Resistance and Responsive Action
10 Management as Constitution of Meaning

3. Management as Politico-economic Governance
11 Management as Corporate Governance and the Perspectives of Economics and Politics
12 Agamben's Genealogy of Governance and its Application in Governance Practices 13 Philosophical Reflections on Management as Politico-economic Governance of the Business Operations

4. Management as Non-reductive Stakeholder Engagement
14 Identify, Unity, and Difference in CSPs and Collaborations
Managing CSPs and Collaborations
Managing the Process of Partnership Implementation: Three Questions with Regard to Unity, Identity, and Difference in the Process of Partnership Formation and Implementation
15 Identity, Unity, and Difference in the Philosophical Tradition

This book reflects on the nature of business management to contribute to the development of a philosophy and ethics of management. It engages in conceptual engineering of management to delineate the phenomenon of management and, as a result, to open a new perspective on management beyond its self-evident conceptualization. After questioning the self-evident concept of management, the author develops a philosophy of management with six dimensions of the nature of management: management as participation; management as resistance and responsive action; management as the constitution of meaning; management as politico-economic governance; management as non-reductive stakeholder engagement; and management as epistemic insufficient entrepreneurship. These six dimensions of management are taken as points of departure to develop an integrated concept of business ethics, an individual competence for ethical business management, and a concept of ethical codes for corporate socially responsible behaviour. This new conception of philosophy of management and business ethics can guide future philosophical and empirical work on the nature of management. The Critique of Management is an excellent resource for researchers, students, and professionals interested in the philosophy of management, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

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