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Philosophy of Management

Philosophy of Management

Philosophy of Management
Editor: Álvaro Balsas, SJ; José Bento da Silva
2018, Volume 74, Issue 2-3
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0000

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Philosophy of Management

 Editor Álvaro Balsas, SJ
Editor José Bento da Silva
Rights © 2018 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2018 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 74
Issue 2-3
Place Braga
Publisher Axioma - Publicacções da Faculdade de Filosofia


9789726972990 (Paperback) ; 9789726973003 (eBook)


0870-5283; 2183-461X

Date 2018
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0000
Language Portuguese, English, Spanish
# of Pages 548
Date Added 23/10/2018
Modified 23/10/2018
In the past two decades, many books and articles have been published on the topics of management and philosophy (van Peursen, 1989; Laurie & Cherry, 2001; Koslowski, 2010; Tsoukas & Chia, 2011; Griseri, 2013). This might be taken as a sign that a philosophy of management is slowly emerging. However, most of these publications tend to be focusing on the mobilization of philosophy and philosophers in management studies, rather than tackling the ambitious project of a philosophy of management. Philosophy in, or and, management is a necessary step in understanding how the works of philosophers over the past 25 centuries can help us better understand and account for managerial practices. Applying their theories and questions to contemporary organizations has proven to be inspirational and fruitful. Yet, a philosophy of management aims at going even further.
Building a philosophy of management requires uncovering what is behind managerial practices, beyond practical requirements. “Philosophizing is not what many politicians and managers think it is: to express some personal ideas on the state of matters. It is, on the contrary, starting to see unquestioned matters in a new, problematic way” (van Peursen, 1989: 267). Philosophy is fundamentally conceptual in nature, whether in challenging, refining or crafting new concepts (Deleuze & Guattari, 1994). Beyond invoking philosophers, we think we should pursue a conceptualization of organization studies, either starting from or reformulating usual words and labels such as ‘organization’, ‘management’, ‘decision and decision-making’, ‘motivation’, ‘leadership, ‘power’, structure’, ‘culture’, ‘change, ‘control’, among so many others.
This process would not be complete if it was not informed by specifically philosophical concepts that could enlighten our understanding of organizations and management. Indeed, a philosophy of management needs to be a two-way street (Laurie & Cherry, 2001), and include notions like ‘agency’, ‘intentionality’, ‘practical reason’, ‘ethics’, ‘reason’, ‘truth’, among so many others
In questioning, embezzling or crafting new words and concepts, the use of philosophers and philosophical fields will be absolutely necessary. Drawing from Tsoukas & Chia (2011) and Koslowski (2010), we offer three main leadsso as to further philosophy of management. First, ontology and epistemology to question organization studies as an academic field and knowledge within organizations; second, praxeology to challenge to connection between theories of management and managerial practices; third, aesthetics to unpack the entwinement of bodies, senses and emotions in management and organizations. These meta-questions (Tsoukas & Chia, 2011) could help us uncover the philosophical concepts under the managerial labels. Within organization studies it is of utmost importance that we try to create and refine concepts. For example, one could start from the institutionalized label (“management”) and dismantle it to reveal its underlying conceptual nature (“coordination”, “delegation”, or “control”).
Our spirit aligns strongly with how Griseri grounds his Introduction to the philosophy of management: “Some have taken the methods of academic philosophy – close attention to the use of terminology, tight arguments in which no statement is immune from questioning – and applied these directly to ordinary phenomena, outside of a theoretical context. Such philosophising of everyday life captures an important element of the original practice of the ancients, that this is meant to be an activity that integrates into people’s day-to-day living, not a remote practice only carried on by a cadre of specialised experts” Griseri (2013: 2).

Álvaro Balsas and José Bento da Silva, “Presentation – Philosophy of Management,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 363–66, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0363.


Nuno Ornelas Martins, “Materiality and Discursivity in the Study of Organizations: Agency, Metaphors and Structures,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 369–84, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0369.


Conceição Soares, “The Ontological Ground of Business Ethics,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 385–408, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0385.


Mikel Larreina, “Overcoming Recklessness in Finance and the Urgent Need for Strengthening Ethics,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 409–50, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0409.


Carlos Ballesteros García, “La mejor solución a tu problema. Hacia una Filosofía del Marketing y el Consumo,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 451–72, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0451.


José Luis Fernández Fernández, “Management, Liderazgo Ignaciano y Filosofía Moral,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 473–508, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0473.


Vivianne Roldan, “A Normatização Contábil para Investimentos em Joint Ventures na Perspectiva da Teoria Tridimensional de Miguel Reale,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 509–50, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0509.


Carlos José Lopes Balsas, “Politico-Architectonic Philosophy as Place Building in Albany, New York, U.S.A.,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 551–82, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0551.


Roberto Merrill and Gonçalo Marcelo, “Como Implementar e Financiar um Rendimento Básico Incondicional? Reflexões para o Caso Português e Proposta de Um Projeto-piloto,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 585–626, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0585.


Mariana Castro, “Será possível financiar um Rendimento Básico Incondicional em Portugal? Análise de três cenários,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 627–60, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0627.


Ana Catarina Neves, “A Justificação Ética para o Rendimento Incondicional à Luz da Teoria Rawlsiana de Justiça e Algumas Considerações Empíricas,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 661–94, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0661.


Hugo Rajão, “Capabilities e Rendimento Básico Incondicional: Um Estudo Introdutório sobre as Possibilidades de Compatibilização,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 695–728, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0695.


Lina Coelho, “Rendimento Básico Incondicional, Segurança Económica e Igualdade de Género, no Quadro do Capitalismo Pós-industrial,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 729–58, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0729.


Jorge Pinto, “Ambientalismo e Ecologismo: Dois Modelos de RBI Verde,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 759–84, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0759.


Shohei Edamura, “How to Connect Physics with Metaphysics: Leibniz on the Conservation Law, Force, and Substance,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 787–810, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0787.


Etelvina Pires Lopes Nunes, “Do Ser Finito ao Ser Eterno: a Analogia do ‘Eu Sou’ em Edith Stein,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 811–42, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0811.


Manuela Santos, “A Estrutura Dasein enquanto Mundo: Estudo sobre a Primeira Seção da Obra Ser e Tempo,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 843–64, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0843.


Francisco Luciano Teixeira Filho, “Impiedade Linguística e o Sustento da Moral em Adorno,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 865–78, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0865.


Ricardo Barroso Batista, “Book Review - Logical Modalities From Aristotle to Carnap: The Story of Necessity,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 881–84, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0881.


Ricardo Barroso Batista, “Book Review - Schopenhauer’s Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 74, no. 2–3 (2018): 885–88, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2018_74_2_0885.


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