Phronetic Organizational Research
Richard Thorpe and Robin Holt, eds., The Sage Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research, Los Angeles: Sage Publications, pp. 153-155
3 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2013
Date Written: January 1, 2008
Phronetic organizational research is an approach to the study of management and organizations focusing on ethics and power. It is based on a contemporary interpretation of the Aristotelian concept phronesis, usually as ‘prudence’. Phronesis is the ability to think and act in relation to values, to deliberate about ‘things that are good or bad for humans’ in the words of Aristotle (1976:1140a24-b12). Phronetic organizational research effectively provides answers to the following four value-rational questions, for specific problematics in management and organization studies: 1. Where are we going with this specific management problematic? 2. Who gains and who loses, and by which mechanisms of power? 3. Is this development desirable? 4. What, if anything, should we do about it?
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