Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 153, Issue 1, pp 147–165 | Cite as

Practical Wisdom: Management’s No Longer Forgotten Virtue

  • Claudius Bachmann
  • André Habisch
  • Claus Dierksmeier
Original Paper


The ancient virtue of practical wisdom has lately been enjoying a remarkable renaissance in management literature. The purpose of this article is to add clarity and bring synergy to the interdisciplinary debate. In a review of the wide-ranging field of the existing literature from a philosophical, theological, psychological, and managerial perspective, we show that, although different in terms of approach, methodologies, and justification, the distinct traditions of research on practical wisdom can indeed complement one another. We suggest a conciliatory conception of the various features of practical wisdom in management. This we take as a point of departure for a discussion of the significant implications of the subject for the theory and practice of management and for the direction of further research in the field.


Business ethics Phronesis Practical wisdom Prudence Management Virtue ethics 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudius Bachmann
    • 1
  • André Habisch
    • 1
  • Claus Dierksmeier
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Economics and Business AdministrationCatholic University of Eichstätt-IngolstadtIngolstadtGermany
  2. 2.Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute)University of TübingenTübingenGermany

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