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Title: Management as a contextual practice: The need to blend science, skills and practical wisdom
Authors: Billsberry, J.
Birnik, A. 
Keywords: ethics
practical wisdom ( phronesis)
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Billsberry, J.,Birnik, A. (2010). Management as a contextual practice: The need to blend science, skills and practical wisdom. Organisation Management Journal 7 (2) : 171-178. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper contributes to the debate regarding whether or not management is, or should become, a profession. Using the principles of dialectic logic, arguments for the thesis that management is a profession and the antithesis that management is more akin to an art or a craft are critically reviewed. Aristotle's intellectual virtues episteme (science), techne (skills) and phronesis (practical wisdom) are introduced as a synthesis to this debate. Rather than characterizing management as a profession, it is argued that management is a contextual practice that requires a blend of all three intellectual virtues. © 2010 Eastern Academy of Management All rights reserved.
Source Title: Organisation Management Journal
ISSN: 15416518
DOI: 10.1057/omj.2010.15
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