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The Philosophical Foundations of Management Thought


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1 Ancient Heroism: Managing Heroically 2 Greek Rationalism: Managing Truthfully 3 Italian Renaissance: Managing For and By Power 4 French Rationalism: Managing Rationally 5 British Empiricism: Managing Empirically 6 Positivism: Managing Scientifically I 7 Critical Rationalism: Managing Scientifically II 8 German Romanticism: Managing as an Artist 9 Heroic Individualism: Managing as an Aristocrat 10 Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry: Managing Mind 11 French Existentialism: Managing, Freedom, and Responsibility 12 Postmodernism: Managing Without Foundations

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Jean-Etienne Joullie is assistant professor at the Gulf University for Sciences and Technology. Robert Spillane is professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.


The Philosophical Foundations of Management Thought is a unique book..... [T]his is a treatise that achieves much for its reader and for the practice of management. It is a heavyhitter. When enough people get to know it exists (and this is a shout-out to make it compulsory reading for graduate management courses), it will be on its way to greatness. The authors of this work not only do their (tough) job well, but they accomplish a lot that I am not sure even they are aware of. The first, and perhaps most obvious, thing that the book does is provide a comprehensive and critical primer on key influential philosophies of Western civilisation. The authors reveal themselves to be expert communicators about this material.... When I finished the last page I was convinced that we as teachers and theoreticians must drag our students (and ourselves) kicking and screaming back to the classics. These are some of the messages I got out of this book-alongside a wonderful, albeit at times challenging, revision of the basics.... Colleagues, read it! Make your students read it! If you do, you will reinvent our discipline- and make it better. * Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations *
The Philosophical Foundations of Management Thought is an important resource for anyone in management, teaching management, or who wants to understand the relationship between philosophy and business. -- Mark Griffith, University of West Alabama
At a time when science is seen-wrongly-as a universal panacea, the lingua franca of both management studies and evidence-based managerial action, this book makes a tremendous contribution. Basing its analysis largely in European philosophy in a very accessible narrative, the book explores management thought in terms of the historical development of philosophical ideas. As such it makes a perfect reader for those interested in appreciating how philosophical ideas have influenced management, and just exactly what that means. -- Mark R. Dibben, University of Tasmania
Jean-Etienne Joullie and Robert Spillane provide a much needed underpinning for management theory and thought. By uncovering the philosophical roots of management, assumptions about human nature and work can be examined more closely and measured against the social values that they represent. This volume is a must-read for graduate students and researchers in public and business management. -- William L. Waugh Jr., Georgia State University

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