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Philosophy of Management BMA320


'Management' remains the only means we have at our disposal for coping with, and comprehending, our increasingly complex work and social lives. In a world of endless change, managers have to act, and to decide, they have to act decisively. In spite of a tendency towards teams, in the end, managers must make up their own minds and back themselves in the decisions they make, and know those decisions may have far-reaching consequences for others.

For all of these reasons, developing the capacity for thoroughgoing, serious-minded consideration of management issues is key to being a successful manager. To be an excellent 'doer', a manager must be an accomplished thinker. Yet we rarely think about management, despite the fact the management thinking has, over the last decade, become more reflective and more critical of its origins and key assumptions.

This unit introduces you to the key elements of this subject, and to the questioning of fundamentals in management that represents the core conceptual approach of philosophy. The unit develops the ability to think carefully about the fundamental aspects of business - what is it there for, what can we know about it, what should businesses and managers do, and so on. These questions rarely can be decisively answered, but the investigation into them, and the arguments they involve, are often extremely valuable in helping managers to place their own immediate issues into context.

You will be introduced to historical writers, theoretical positions, key debates and key tools of conceptual analysis, as applied to organisations and management. This unit covers material relating to the underlying elements of management research, management knowledge, and management practices, of business ethics, of the role of business in society and even of the basic nature of organisation itself.


Unit name Philosophy of Management
Unit code BMA320
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Business & Economics
Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
Discipline Management

Associate Professor Mark Dibben

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Mark Dibben

Level Advanced
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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BMA121 and BMA247 or BMA201-A


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Two hour lecture, one hour tutorial


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