Management as a contextual practice : the need to balance science, skills and practical wisdom

Billsberry, Jon and Birnik, Andreas 2010, Management as a contextual practice : the need to balance science, skills and practical wisdom, Organization management journal, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 171-178.

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Title Management as a contextual practice : the need to balance science, skills and practical wisdom
Author(s) Billsberry, Jon
Birnik, Andreas
Journal name Organization management journal
Volume number 7
Issue number 2
Start page 171
End page 178
Total pages 8
Publisher Eastern Academy of Management
Place of publication Springfield, Mass.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 1541-6518
Keyword(s) profession
practical wisdom ( phronesis)
ethics
Summary This paper contributes to the debate regarding whether or not management is, or should become, a profession. Using the principles of dialectic logic, arguments for the thesis that management is a profession and the antithesis that management is more akin to an art or a craft are critically reviewed. Aristotle’s intellectual virtues episteme (science), techne (skills) and phronesis (practical wisdom) are introduced as a synthesis to this debate. Rather than characterizing management as a profession, it is argued that management is a contextual practice that requires a blend of all three intellectual virtues.
Language eng
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Eastern Academy of Management
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30035223

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