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Call for Papers - Philosophy of Management Special Issue: Do Managerial Practices Need Philosophy? submissions by 30 Sep 2021

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    Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Philosophy of Management
    Do Managerial Practices Need Philosophy?

    Deadline: 30 September 2021
    Guest Editors:
    Marian Eabrasu, EM Normandie Business School
    Erwan Lamy, ESCP Business School

    Among the various disciplines adjacent to management theory and having a word to say on
    managerial practice, philosophy is at the forefront since it can offer a wide theoretical angle and a
    set of encompassing concepts that can account for various business practices. Philosophy
    continuously and increasingly fuels management discussions with concepts and theories
    (Donaldson and Walsh, 2015), which blend in various degrees with management's own corpus of
    research (Cornelissen and Durand, 2012; Oswick et al., 2011).

    Instead of focusing on management theories blending and influences, this special issue intends to draw attention to managerial practices. While numerous studies deal with the philosophical, primarily ethical, approach of
    managerial practice (Klikauer, 2013), very few inquire into its very usefulness. Do managerial practices need philosophy? Whether the answer is "yes" or "no" it becomes important to provide a theoretical explanation or concrete examples. Some scholars following up the discussion of Aristotle in Protrepticus might say that philosophy is not meant to be useful, that it is a "disinterested contemplation of truth" (Walker, 2010). Yet, these are exciting questions to ask, especially considering the reflexivity of the philosophical inquiry (Laurie and Cherry, 2001).

    While this special issue aims to understand "if," "how," and "why" philosophy can shed
    light on managerial practices, contributions from all philosophical schools, traditions,
    methodologies, subdisciplines will be considered as there is a high interest in including in this
    special issue a large variety of perspectives. It would be a plus to publish opposite philosophical
    perspectives underlying fundamental philosophical disagreements on interpreting business
    practices (Eabrasu, 2018). Also, the proposals can be submitted in a large variety of forms: case
    studies, illustrations, comparisons, explanations, analysis, or critiques (Vandekerckhove, 2019).

    For demonstrating what philosophy has to tell to management practitioners, the authors
    might want to propose a conceptual discussion on the role that philosophy is expected to play in
    management practice (Shaw, 2020); they can also identify specific managerial practices (or
    concepts used managerial practice) (Werhane, 2018) and further show if and how they can be
    better analyzed through philosophical theory and methodology (Donaldson, 2018); or empirically
    test and/or illustrate the correlation between philosophical input and some indicators for
    managerial performance.

    We invite submissions of proposals including, but not limited, to:
    - Ontology and metaphysics of concepts defining managerial practices and tools: What is a strategy? What are competencies or skills? What is a resource?
    - The normative assessment of business practice: Is managerial practice a thick concept,
    including both evaluative and descriptive features? Are there specific ethical principles or
    norms that are more appropriate for assessing managerial practices?
    - The epistemological approach of organization: How can we manage the epistemic
    production of organizational practices? Can we build a social epistemology for
    organizational practices? Is reliabilism a relevant approach for understanding the
    managerial epistemic practices? Which epistemic virtues within organizational practice?
    - Relativism, post-modernism, and other forms of skepticism in management: Is the manager
    the measure of all things in the organizations? Can we escape moral or epistemic relativism
    in management? What are the effects of post-modernism on managerial practices? Can we
    think about the power relationships in organizations without Foucault?
    - Metaphilosophy and management: Are there specific philosophical methods that could be
    used to understand managerial practices? Can we mobilize conceptual analysis for
    clarifying managerial concepts? Is the a priori approach relevant for organizational
    - Can/should philosophical counseling enhance specific indicators of managerial
    performance, broadly understood, or of some parts of it (social, environmental, or

    · Philosophy of Management: https://www.springer.com/journal/40926
    · Articles can be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/phom/ by 30 September 2021, with a
    clear reference to the special issue 'Do managerial practices need philosophy?'
    · Accepted papers will immediately be assigned a DOI and be published OnlineFirst. The publication
    date of complete paperback volume is fall 2022.
    · Maximum word length: 10 000 words, excluding references.
    · The papers should follow the PHOM submission guidelines:
    · The editors welcome informal inquiries related to proposed topics.

    Cornelissen, J. P. and Durand, R. (2012). 'More than just novelty: Conceptual blending and causality'.
    Academy of management review, 37, 152-54.
    Donaldson, T. (2018). 'How Methods of Moral Philosophy Inform Business'. In C. Neesham & S. Segal
    (Eds.), Handbook of Philosophy of Management. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 1-15.
    Donaldson, T. and Walsh, J. P. (2015). 'Toward a theory of business'. Research in Organizational
    Behavior, 35, 181-207.
    Eabrasu, M. (2018). Moral disagreements in business. An exploratory introduction. Cham: Springer.
    Klikauer, T. (2013). 'Ethics for Managers - Avoiding Philosophy & Managerial Reality'. Philosophy of
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    Laurie, N. and Cherry, C. (2001). 'Wanted: Philosophy of Management'. Philosophy of Management, 1, 3-12.
    Oswick, C., Fleming, P. and Hanlon, G. (2011). 'From borrowing to blending: Rethinking the processes of organizational theory building'. Academy of management review, 36, 318-37.
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    Werhane, P. (2018). 'The Linguistic Turn, Social Construction and the Impartial Spectator: why Do these Ideas Matter to Managerial Thinking?'. Philosophy of Management, 17, 265-78.