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Existential management

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Purpose ? The purpose of this paper is to identify what the philosophy of Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) can contribute to the training of managers. Design/methodology/approach ? After a short introduction focussing on philosophy and management, Heidegger's potential contribution to managers will be addressed via Safranski's book Martin Heidegger: Between Good and Evil. Findings ? It is often said that change in organizations is hard or even impossible to achieve because people are afraid of change. Safranski however shows how Heidegger considers anxiety as a gateway to change. I propose to read Heidegger's Being and Time as a handbook on management skills. Originality/value ? In terms of philosophy and management an unexpected juxtaposition is made and interpreted.

Keywords: Management philosophy; Organizational change; Philosophy

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2006-07-01

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