Problematising Practice: MacIntyre and Management

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Title: Problematising Practice: MacIntyre and Management
Authors: Kavanagh, Donncha
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Date: Jan-2013
Online since: 2013-11-20T09:17:32Z
Abstract: Alasdair MacIntyre's distinction between institutions and practices helps illuminate how powerful institutional forces frame and constrain the practice of organizational research as well as the output and positioning of scholarly journals like Organization.  Yet his conceptual frame is limited, not least because it is unclear whether the activity of managing is, or is not, a practice.  This paper builds on MacIntyre's ideas by incorporating Aristotle's concepts of poíēsis, praxis, téchnē and phrónēsis.  Rather than ask, following MacIntyre, whether management is a practice, this wider network of concepts provides a richer frame for understanding the nature of managing and the appropriate role for academia.  The paper outlines a phronetic paradigm for organizational inquiry, and concludes by briefly examining the implications of such a paradigm for research and learning.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Journal: Organization
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Start page: 103
End page: 115
Copyright (published version): The Author(s) 2012
Keywords: MacIntyreEthicsManagementPhronesisPraxisPracticeVirtue ethics
DOI: 10.1177/1350508412460994
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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