Phronesis and Political Action in Management Development

Karina Solsø Iversen, Henry Larsen

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This article takes issue with the question of quality improvement in management development. By narratively presenting a concrete experience, it is explored how management development can be located in the Aristotelian virtue of phronesis, which emphasizes the practical and ethical dimensions of management. By thinking about management as political action (Arendt, 1958), the question is raised: how can improving the quality of management be related to phronesis (practical judgment) in the sense of creating public spaces within which it becomes possible for managers to engage in reflective processes? Drawing on the work of Stacey (2012) it is suggested that management development can be thought of as a practice of reflexively taking experience seriously, both individually and collectively. The contribution of this article is a novel way of thinking about quality improvement in management development – an approach that responds to some of the limitations of more traditional approaches, and which at the same time takes up questions about power, politics, ethics and ideology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Participatory Innovation Conference, Eskilstuna 2018
Publication date2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event5th Participatory Innovation Conference - Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Duration: 11. Jan 201813. Jan 2018
Conference number: 5


Conference5th Participatory Innovation Conference
LocationMälardalen University
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