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Management as a contextual practice: The need to blend science, skills and practical wisdom

Journal Article


Abstract


  • 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. �� 2010 Eastern Academy of Management All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Billsberry, J., & Birnik, A. (2010). Management as a contextual practice: The need to blend science, skills and practical wisdom. Organisation Management Journal, 7(2), 171-178. doi:10.1057/omj.2010.15

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955599975

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 171

End Page


  • 178

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


Abstract


  • 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. �� 2010 Eastern Academy of Management All rights reserved.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Billsberry, J., & Birnik, A. (2010). Management as a contextual practice: The need to blend science, skills and practical wisdom. Organisation Management Journal, 7(2), 171-178. doi:10.1057/omj.2010.15

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77955599975

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 171

End Page


  • 178

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication