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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Philosophy of ManagementDo Managerial Practices Need Philosophy?Deadline: 30 September 2021Guest Editors:Marian Eabrasu, EM Normandie Business Schoolmeabrasu@em-normandie.frErwan Lamy, ESCP Business Schoolelamy@escp.euAmong the various disciplines adjacent to management theory and having a word to say onmanagerial practice, philosophy is at the forefront since it can offer a wide theoretical angle and aset of encompassing concepts that can account for various business practices. Philosophycontinuously and increasingly fuels management discussions with concepts and theories(Donaldson and Walsh, 2015), which blend in various degrees with management's own corpus ofresearch (Cornelissen and Durand, 2012; Oswick et al., 2011).Instead of focusing on management theories blending and influences, this special issue intends to draw attention to managerial practices. While numerous studies deal with the philosophical, primarily ethical, approach ofmanagerial practice (Klikauer, 2013), very few inquire into its very usefulness. Do managerial practices need philosophy? Whether the answer is "yes" or "no" it becomes important to provide a theoretical explanation or concrete examples. Some scholars following up the discussion of Aristotle in Protrepticus might say that philosophy is not meant to be useful, that it is a "disinterested contemplation of truth" (Walker, 2010). Yet, these are exciting questions to ask, especially considering the reflexivity of the philosophical inquiry (Laurie and Cherry, 2001).While this special issue aims to understand "if," "how," and "why" philosophy can shedlight on managerial practices, contributions from all philosophical schools, traditions,methodologies, subdisciplines will be considered as there is a high interest in including in thisspecial issue a large variety of perspectives. It would be a plus to publish opposite philosophicalperspectives underlying fundamental philosophical disagreements on interpreting businesspractices (Eabrasu, 2018). Also, the proposals can be submitted in a large variety of forms: casestudies, illustrations, comparisons, explanations, analysis, or critiques (Vandekerckhove, 2019).For demonstrating what philosophy has to tell to management practitioners, the authorsmight want to propose a conceptual discussion on the role that philosophy is expected to play inmanagement practice (Shaw, 2020); they can also identify specific managerial practices (orconcepts used managerial practice) (Werhane, 2018) and further show if and how they can bebetter analyzed through philosophical theory and methodology (Donaldson, 2018); or empiricallytest and/or illustrate the correlation between philosophical input and some indicators formanagerial performance.We invite submissions of proposals including, but not limited, to:- Ontology and metaphysics of concepts defining managerial practices and tools: What is a strategy? What are competencies or skills? What is a resource?- The normative assessment of business practice: Is managerial practice a thick concept,including both evaluative and descriptive features? Are there specific ethical principles ornorms that are more appropriate for assessing managerial practices?- The epistemological approach of organization: How can we manage the epistemicproduction of organizational practices? Can we build a social epistemology fororganizational practices? Is reliabilism a relevant approach for understanding themanagerial epistemic practices? Which epistemic virtues within organizational practice?- Relativism, post-modernism, and other forms of skepticism in management: Is the managerthe measure of all things in the organizations? Can we escape moral or epistemic relativismin management? What are the effects of post-modernism on managerial practices? Can wethink about the power relationships in organizations without Foucault?- Metaphilosophy and management: Are there specific philosophical methods that could beused to understand managerial practices? Can we mobilize conceptual analysis forclarifying managerial concepts? Is the a priori approach relevant for organizationalphenomena?- Can/should philosophical counseling enhance specific indicators of managerialperformance, broadly understood, or of some parts of it (social, environmental, orfinancial)?Details· Philosophy of Management: https://www.springer.com/journal/40926· Articles can be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/phom/ by 30 September 2021, with aclear reference to the special issue 'Do managerial practices need philosophy?'· Accepted papers will immediately be assigned a DOI and be published OnlineFirst. The publicationdate of complete paperback volume is fall 2022.· Maximum word length: 10 000 words, excluding references.· The papers should follow the PHOM submission guidelines:https://www.springer.com/journal/40926/submission-guidelines· The editors welcome informal inquiries related to proposed topics.ReferencesCornelissen, J. P. and Durand, R. (2012). 'More than just novelty: Conceptual blending and causality'.Academy of management review, 37, 152-54.Donaldson, T. (2018). 'How Methods of Moral Philosophy Inform Business'. In C. Neesham & S. Segal(Eds.), Handbook of Philosophy of Management. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 1-15.Donaldson, T. and Walsh, J. P. (2015). 'Toward a theory of business'. Research in OrganizationalBehavior, 35, 181-207.Eabrasu, M. (2018). Moral disagreements in business. An exploratory introduction. Cham: Springer.Klikauer, T. (2013). 'Ethics for Managers - Avoiding Philosophy & Managerial Reality'. 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