Phronetic organizational research

Flyvbjerg, Bent (2008) Phronetic organizational research. In: Thorpe, Richard and Holt, Robin, (eds.) The Sage Dictionary of Qualitative Management Research. Sage Publications, Los Angeles, pp. 153-155. ISBN 978-1412935210


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?

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Phronetics; management; organisational behaviour; research
Subject(s): Project management
Operations management
Centre: BT Centre for Major Programme Management
Faculty of Operations Management
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2012 16:40
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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