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Investigating Being in Organizations and Leadership

A Phenomenological Alternative


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 1-9
  3. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 11-28
  4. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 29-43
  5. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 45-64
  6. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 65-74
  7. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 75-86
  8. Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Michael Fast
    Pages 87-96
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 97-99

About this book


This book discusses the ontological foundation for organizational analysis and organizational life from a phenomenological perspective. The objective of this book is to provide the reader with an understanding of organizations that adequately takes into account the current philosophical knowledge regarding human nature. A key result of this analysis is that organizations are existentially founded human experiences of emotions, ethics, culture and narrative. This understanding of organizations is furthermore complicated by the existence of concepts of power, relationship, interaction and identity, which all can be perceived as contradicting notions of objectivity, professionalism and rationalism. The question is not whether this is an easy description to navigate nor apply, but rather where we go from here.


This book would be of interest to students and scholars working on the philosophy of business, and academics in critical organization studies and alternative philosophy of organization. The book would also be of interest to people in all organization trying to understand everyday of dilemmas and contradictions.


being organisation studies philosophy and business morality leadership development of the organization being becoming

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Aalborg University Business SchoolAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.University College Northern DenmarkUCN Technology & BusinessAalborgDenmark

About the authors

Michael Fast, Ph.D., is Docent and Head of Research at Business, University College of Northern Denmark. He holds a Ph.D. from Aalborg University and worked there as Research Leader. Main research interest are in organization, leadership, philosophy of science, and qualitative methods - all on understanding development of people and organizations, and of social science and business.

Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor in Management Philosophy and Organizational Development at Aalborg University, Denmark. His main research is inter-disciplinary such as phenomenology of management philosophy, epistemology, organizational culture, sustainability and ethics. He has a cross-disciplinary PhD in the study of cognition at Aalborg University.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Investigating Being in Organizations and Leadership
  • Book Subtitle A Phenomenological Alternative
  • Authors Kim Malmbak Meltofte Møller
    Michael Fast
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management Business and Management (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-58137-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-58138-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 99
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organization
    Business Ethics
    Philosophy of Science
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