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Face to Face with Practice
Existential Forms of Research for Management Inquiry

ISBN 9780815392637
Published November 28, 2017 by Routledge
142 Pages

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Book Description

Coming Face to Face with your own practice is an emerging approach to management and professional research that has a significant impact on management practice. It closes the gap between theory and practice. An existential form of research means that the researcher carefully attends to their experience of researching and managing.

This book demonstrates that by bringing an existential sensibility to research, unexpected possibilities for research and for professionality, are revealed. Each chapter shows authors grappling with the constraints of a system, navigating issues of humanness, questioning themselves, unfolding their understanding of appropriate ethics and finally, elucidating a depth of response that in itself reveals a way forward.

In Face to Face with Practice, authors demonstrate how they drew on moments of estrangement from their practices. They found that when such moments are respected and carefully examined, a kind of clarification and at the same time often deep disillusionment with the taken-for-granted conventions of their practice, emerge. Through exploring these conventional ways of operating, authors develop new and original accounts of what it means to manage better in their particular field of practice. Such an approach is called hermeneutic existential phenomenology, affectionately known as HEP.

Face to Face is about making a difference: a difference to the ways that management is practiced; a difference to the experience of the manager; and actually a difference towards a more humane and thoughtful approach to managing our society today.

Table of Contents



1. Towards Phronesis: The Hermeneutic Circle as a lived experience of research

2. Stuck between management theory and a hard place: the lived experience of managing in the space between senior management and the real world

3. Moments of resolve: Existential challenges of everyday working life

4. Escaping the Iron Triangle: Existential Hermeneutics and the Practice of Project Management

5. Finding My Researcher Voice: From Disorientation to Embodied Practice

6. Being-in-Practice: Making the Leap from the Instrumental Technocratic to an Existential Hermeneutic Practice in Family Business Succession Consulting

7. Midrash Methodology

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Dr Claire Jankelson is a tertiary educator with an interest in an enlivened engagement in learning and researching towards leadership in learning. Has an established practice as an independent Mentor and Supervisor to PhD’s. Further to a consulting practice on thoughtful leadership, she is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management (JSLaM), a professional scholarly Journal that probes meaning and humanness within management practice.

Dr Steven Segal is a Senior lecturer in Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management. Through his range of teaching, research and publications he creates the space for students, researchers and practicing managers to develop their own theories of practice as a basis for developing practical wisdom and making a contribution to knowledge. Creating unexpected futures through research and teaching underpins his educational process.


"I have certainly found that reading the book has affected the way that I think about managerial research....I have found this book very thought provoking...I thoroughly recommend this book."

Karen Trem, Leeds Becket University, Management Learning