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

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posted on 2010-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jonathan Billsberry, A Birnik
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.

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Journal

Organization management journal

Volume

7

Issue

2

Pagination

171 - 178

Publisher

Eastern Academy of Management

Location

Springfield, Mass.

ISSN

1541-6518

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2010, Eastern Academy of Management

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