This book opens a new field within business science: management philosophy. This discipline gives a thorough and critical foundation of a theory of management and leadership beyond any talk of "value-based" management, and "ethical accounting". It presents an uncompromising picture of the real leader through a set of leadership virtues, focusing on human duties, not on human rights. The book demonstrates that only through philosophy it is possible to establish a genuine science of management, overcoming the pressures of functionalism, opportunism and pragmaticism, inherent in the hyper-modern corporation shaped by high-tech and information advantages.
From the revies of the Danish edition
"The Philosophy of Management is a distinguished pleasure and a dead sure challenge to the mind."
Kim Bach in Berlingske Tidende, July 12, 1998
"Important danish book about the philosophy of management (...). At a time where the field of management is running riot with new techniques and concepts in quick succession of one another and whose novelty value is questionable - but which on the other hand we have to relate to and work with in practice - there is more than ever a need of reflection and a basis, a need of discussion on some fundamental ideas and virtues within the field of management. Ole Fogh Kirkeby's book complies with these needs in an outstanding way. (...) The book is most welcome."Prof. Steen Hildebrandt in Borsen, June 5, 1998