What Is (Business) Management? Laying the Ground for a Philosophy of Management

Vincent Blok*

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In this article, we philosophically reflect on the nature of business management. We move beyond the political paradigm of the conceptualization of management in order to lay the ground for a philosophy of business management. First, we open-up the self-evident conceptualization of business management in contemporary management practices by comparing ancient and contemporary definitions of management. Second, we develop a framework with six dimensions of the nature of business management that can guide future philosophical and empirical work on the nature of business management: management control, people management, asset management and entrepreneurial action, management as participation, management as responsive action and management as constituting meaning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-189
Number of pages17
JournalPhilosophy of Management
Early online date24 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Management
  • Management and control
  • Participation
  • Philosophy of management
  • Xenophon


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