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Management Education and Humanities

Edited by Pasquale Gagliardi, Professor of Sociology of Organization, Catholic University of Milan and Secretary General, Giorgio Cini Foundation, Venice, Italy and Barbara Czarniawska, Torsten and Ragnar Söderberg Professor of Management Studies, GRI, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Management Education and Humanities argues that management teachers and researchers seem to be increasingly dissatisfied with the way managers are usually educated in western countries. It claims that educational practices and methods would greatly benefit from reflection on the implicit assumptions and paradigms behind those practices, and debates the role that humanism and humanities might play in the formation of new managerial élites.
In Association with Fondazione Giorgio Cini
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Publication Date: 2006
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Publication Date: 2007
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Management Education and Humanities argues that management teachers and researchers seem to be increasingly dissatisfied with the way managers are usually educated in western countries. It claims that educational practices and methods would greatly benefit from reflection on the implicit assumptions and paradigms behind those practices, and debates the role that humanism and humanities might play in the formation of new managerial élites.

The book examines three themes that have emerged as central to the contemporary debate on management education: the profession of management; humanism as a philosophy and worldview; and the humanities as an academic field where management schools could find new inspirations for curricula. All three themes are scrutinized in a frame of reference extended between two different points of view: the traditional view, with its tendency to idealize (and even sometimes romanticize) humanism, the humanities and management as a social function; and the ‘past-modern’ view, which is inclined to skepticism and to the deconstruction of social and cultural phenomena.

Providing a lively account of this ongoing debate and exploring new trends and experiences in management education, this book will be invaluable reading for teachers, students and researchers of management, management strategy, and organizational behaviour.
‘Academics and managers who strive for a humanistic management education usually care for people, but they are challenged by sophisticated intellectual subjects and practical problems. The authors' experience, competence and commitment enables them to present an extensive coverage of important views and an in-depth study of these issues.’
– Eduard Bonet, ESADE, Spain

‘This volume is a timely initiative. It resonates with important questions on globalization and its consequences, on the unrelenting quest for efficiency and productivity, on recent corporate scandals and on the responsibilities of managers and management education. This book is a manifesto for an intellectual revolution. In a complex and open world, managers often bump into the limits of the decontextualized tools associated with mainstream management knowledge and practice. Managers have to navigate in a world that is not only economic but also political, cultural, shaped by history and ethical traditions and preoccupations – not only as a mark of social capital but really as a way to enhance their managerial skills and efficiency. The role of management education should be to prepare them for that odyssey and this volume tells us that humanities could be a powerful tool in that sense. This project is served by a highly legitimate international panel of contributors who collectively point towards an alternative for management thinking and management education.’
– Marie-Laure Djelic, ESSEC Business School, France
Contributors: H. Ahl, D. Arenas, B. Czarniawska, N. Dechow, P. Gagliardi, S. Gherardi, J. Hendry, D. Hjorth, A.G. Hopwood, K. Hoskin, K. Knorr Cetina, C. Rhodes, M. Serres, K. Starkey, C. Steyaert, S. Tempest, L. Vissing
Contents:

Foreword

INTRODUCTIONS

1. A Role for Humanities in the Formation of Managers
Pasquale Gagliardi

2. Forming Managers? A Counterpoint
Barbara Czarniawska

3. A Guide for Readers
Pasquale Gagliardi and Barbara Czarniawska

PART I: MANAGERIAL PROFESSION AT THE START OF THE NEW CENTURY
4. Management Education and the Humanities: The Challenge of Post-Bureaucracy
John Hendry

5. Women and Humanities: Allies or Enemies?
Helene Ahl

6. American Psycho/European Schizo: Stories of Managerial Elites in a Hundred Images
Daniel Hjorth and Chris Steyaert

PART II: MANAGEMENT EDUCATION: IS A HUMANIST REFRAMING POSSIBLE?
7. The Business School in Ruins?
Ken Starkey and Sue Tempest

8. Problematizing and Enlarging the Notion of Humanistic Education
Daniel Arenas

9. Cultivation or Civilization? Popular Management Concepts and their Role in Reshaping the Way Management is Understood
Niels Dechow

PART III: BRINGING HUMANITIES INTO THE HEART OF MANAGEMENT
10. Management as Product of the European Knowledge Tradition: A Modern Form of Ancient Paideia?
Keith Hoskin

11. A Journey Beyond Institutional Knowledge: Dante’s Reading of the Odyssey
Silvia Gherardi

12. Strong Plots: Popular Culture in Management Practice and Theory
Barbara Czarniawska and Carl Rhodes

PART IV: RETHINKING HUMANISM
13. A Philosopher in Public Management
Lars Vissing

14. The Great Narrative of the Sciences and the History of Humanities
Michel Serres

15. Post-Humanist Challenges to the Human and Social Sciences
Karin Knorr Cetina

Afterword
Anthony G. Hopwood

Index