The Epistemology of Management: An Introduction

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The epistemological foundations of management studies have been contested throughout the history of the discipline. In this chapter, we first introduce the core of epistemology – the problem of knowledge. The problem of knowledge includes, in fact, several interrelated problems that form a system, such as: What is knowledge? Who or what has the capacity of knowing? How much can be known? What are the sources of knowing? And what knowledge is considered best? We then cluster current epistemological positions in management studies by differentiating between four epistemological orientations that differ in how the scientific statements relate to empirical reality. We refer to these orientations as (1) epistemologies of representation, (2) epistemologies of interpretation, (3) epistemologies of imagination, and (4) epistemologies of intervention. These four orientations serve as a structure to the contributions of this handbook, and also offer a novel way of mapping contemporary epistemologies in management scholarship.
TitelHandbook of Philosophy of Management
HerausgeberChristina Neesham, Markus Reihlen, Dennis Schöneborn
Anzahl der Seiten21
VerlagSpringer International Publishing AG
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-48352-8
ISBN (elektronisch)978-3-030-76605-4
PublikationsstatusErschienen - 23.07.2022