Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Management Philosophy group
The purpose of the Management Philosophy group is to apply and develop philosophical theories and methods within key areas of business administration: management, organization, communication and finance. The group is concerned with fundamental research in so far as it deals with the basic conditions for management and for the creation of value in economic as well as societal terms. These conditions are studied in their present as well as their historic forms in order to indicate how they might develop in the future.
In accordance with the CBS strategy of Business in Society, we strive to produce knowledge that is applicable to the practice of business by questioning common sensical notions of finance, management and organisation.Besides analyzing the preconditions for contemporary management, our research also reflect how these conditions may be transformed to improve the creation of value in society and organizations.
The analytical approach of the group is critical in the sense that we insist on the changeability of things. We engage with practices in our fields of research in order to indicate, how these practices might rely on conditions not recognized by the actors in the field themselves. By pointing to the contingency of these circumstances, we intend to make these actors more reflective and to further redemption of hidden potentials in their practice.
In recent years, the group has done research in aesthetic leadership, modern work-life, management of self-management, strategic human resource management, economic sociology, money and value, power and trust, phronesis, talent management, theology of organizations, stress, play and capitalism, ethics, and corporate social responsibility.
The Management Philosophy research group is closely affiliated with the BSc- and MSc-programs in Business Administration and Philosophy (also known as FLØK).
The main part of the teaching in these programs is undertaken by members of the group. With the purpose of teaching business administrators to think philosophically about economy and its preconditions, the FLØK-program was founded in 1996 as the first full philosophy program at a business school in the world. The program educates reflective practitioners with the ability to produce economic and societal value through other than the traditional tools of business administration. Furthermore, the members of the group teach in a number of other programs at CBS from BSc- to Executive-level.
Philosophical investigations are integral in approaching and developing a deep understanding of modern economy and organisation.
The philosophical approach is challenged in the meeting with modern economic reality. This combination of the abstract and the concrete is giving FLØK its idiosyncratic professional and academic skills.
FLØK is dealing with the challenges, businesses and organisations are facing in a globalised world with increasing demands for economic efficiency and social responsibility. FLØK is characterised by a profound curiosity for phenomena that are often taken for granted, by treading a path in the borderlands between the philosophic and the commercial domain, through radical criticism, corporate finance theory, philosophy of science and business development.
Philosophy of finance and financial markets
- Exploing the role of finance and debt in contemporary society
- Group members study and rethink fundamental economic concepts in the growth economy and investigates how a monetary reform can be a crucial component in the transition towards a sustainable post-growth economy. The project combines the research with an initiative to develop and teach a new minor in New Economics at CBS.
- Group members equally study the ways in which algorithmic finance is changing present-day financial markets, with fully automated computer algorithms (including high-frequency trading ones) occupying an increasingly central role. At the center of this research are analyses of how the algorithmic reconfiguration of financial markets fundamentally transforms the modus operandi of these markets and how it calls for new conceptions of market sociality.
- With the aim to explore the nature and potential of sustainable entrepreneurship, group members contribute to existing research by offering philosophical inquiry as a resource with which to imaginatively explore and rethink the concept and practice of sustainable entrepreneurship. The critical dimension consists of exploring and questioning the historical, political and social aspects of sustainable entrepreneurship. The creative dimension of the project consists of exploring alternative conceptualizations and practices of sustainable entrepreneurship.
Modern worklife and organisation
- This area of research is concerned with the interplay between management and subjectivity. Group members concentrate on developing and strengthen the awareness of managers and organizations in regard to the importance of establishing a reflexive meta-level that will enable them to observe all the paradigmatic and theoretical approaches to management and organizing from a careful critical perspective and in light of the consequences these approaches have for the development of the individual and the community. The research area emphasizes how we managerially and collectively address the fact that employees are required to be able to manage themselves between freedom and obligations.
Fundamental conceptual research
- Group members address fundamentals in classical and contemporary philosophy/sociology, including hermeneutics, ethics, political philosophy and methodology and gouvernementality studies.