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Philosophy & Technology

, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 535–548 | Cite as

Philosophy of Management Between Scientism and Technology

  • Enrico BeltraminiEmail author
Research Article

Abstract

This article addresses the difficulty in pursuing a philosophical engagement with management without falling into the trap of scientism. It also explores the option to turn management theorists away from science to seek insights from technology. The article is organized in four parts: a preliminary discussion on management from a philosophical viewpoint, a crucial distinction between philosophy of management as a mode of inquiry and a field of study, an analysis of the risk of scientism in the current philosophical work on management, and an initial inspection across the waters separating management and philosophy of technology.

Keywords

Philosophy Management Scientism Technology 

Notes

Acknowledgements

A preliminary version of this paper was presented at the 12th Annual Conference of Philosophy of Management, St. Louis, Missouri, July 13–16, 2017. I thank John Orr, Paulina Segarra, Ajnesh Prasad, and Steven Segal for their valuable comments. I am indebted to two anonymous reviewers of an earlier version of this paper for providing insightful comments and directions for additional work which has resulted in this improved version.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Notre Dame de Namur UniversityBelmontUSA

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