BUSD7030 Philosophical Issues in Business and Management (1 unit)
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This doctoral level course is a brief introduction to scientific work on organisations and management. It focuses on key issues in the philosophy and the conduct of science. These are central to the work of a scientist in constructing, understanding and explanation of important phenomena in our natural and social world. The issues pervade both natural and social sciences and they help us gain clarity on the role of scientific research in advancing the practice of business and management, and understand how firms may influence the wellbeing of both those working in them and those affected by them, i.e. employees, consumers, and society. The role of science or of the scientist, if not understood properly can impede our scientific work, impair knowledge and stall scientific discoveries. The course explores some of these questions: What is scientific reasoning and explanation? What are the unique challenges in social science relative to natural science? How does progress and development in scientific knowledge come about? What role do values play in science? What is the development of science in the management and organisation disciplines? How does science contribute to both the progress and the demise of the human condition? How can we as budding scientists contribute to the progress in the science of management and organisations, and hence humanity? What does it mean to pursue a career in organisation or business science?
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