1st Edition

The Critique of Management
Toward a Philosophy and Ethics of Business Management

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after November 26, 2021
ISBN 9781032137940
November 26, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
200 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

This book reflects on the nature of business management to contribute to the development of a philosophy and ethics of management. It engages in conceptual engineering of management to delineate the phenomenon of management and, as a result, to open a new perspective on management beyond its self-evident conceptualization.

After questioning the self-evident concept of management, the author develops a philosophy of management with six dimensions of the nature of management: management as participation; management as resistance and responsive action; management as constitution of meaning; management as politico-economic governance; management as non-reductive stakeholder engagement; and management as epistemic insufficient entrepreneurship. These six dimensions of management are taken as points of departure to develop an integrated concept of business ethics, an individual competence for ethical business management, and a concept of ethical codes for corporate social responsible behavior. This new conception of philosophy of management and business ethics can guide future philosophical and empirical work on the nature of management.

The Critique of Management is an excellent resource for researchers, students, and professionals interested in philosophy of management, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility.

Table of Contents


1. Setting the Scene: Opening Up the Self-Evident Concept of Management

2. Management as Participation, Responsive Action, and Constitution of Meaning

3. Management as Politico-Economic Governance

4. Management as Non-Reductive Stakeholder Engagement

5. Management as Epistemic Insufficient Entrepreneurship

6. Managing for the Common Good: Toward an Integrated Principle of Business Ethics


View More



Vincent Blok is associate professor in Philosophy of Technology, Business Ethics and Responsible Innovation, Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He holds a PhD in philosophy of technology from Leiden University. His books include Ernst Jünger’s Philosophy of Technology: Heidegger and the Poetics of the Anthropocene (Routledge 2017) and Heidegger’s Concept of Philosophical Method: Innovating Philosophy in the Age of Global Warming (Routledge 2019).


"Finally, a book in Management Philosophy providing clear and concise definitions gluing the fields together, making us understand the possibilities and impossibilities of management better."

Anders Bordum, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark