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Philosophy in management: A new trend in management development

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Abstract:

The focus of this article is centred on two main ideas: persuading management students to study philosophy, and convincing them that a study of philosophy could be relevant for them in a business environment underscored by uncertainty. Three approaches were considered, an historical approach, an analytical approach and a literary approach. The first approach entailed a review of major philosophers, the second entailed an analysis of values such as trust, justice, honesty, integrity, fairness, prudence, respect, competition, professionalism, and the third entailed an appraisal of the work of persons better known for their contributions to literature which illustrated moral issues in their society. This article is a reflection of some of these thoughts on the idea of introducing a course in introductory philosophy into the management syllabus. The ideas are still in the formative stage, and are currently being put into practice.

Keywords: Management Development; Management Philosophy; Philosophy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/02621710410517265

Publication date: 2004-02-20

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