What would Sartre say?: using existentialism to inform teaching thought and practice in accounting and management

James, Kieran and Walsh, Rex (2011) What would Sartre say?: using existentialism to inform teaching thought and practice in accounting and management. Educational Research, 2 (8). pp. 1317-1329. ISSN 2141-5161


This paper considers, in a series of reflections, how existentialist philosophy might be used to inform
the teaching and management of the traditionally conceptualized and conventionally elective 'soft'
university courses of Accounting Theory, Business Ethics, Critical Management Studies, and
Sustainability. We draw upon key existentialist philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul
Sartre, Søren Kierkegaard, and G. K. Chesterton as well as music by the influential and sociologically significant UK 'first wave of punk rock' bands The Sex Pistols and the Clash. The purpose is to explore the locations from which the teaching of accounting and management might offer critical evaluation on the interactions of the individual (e.g. student and teacher) and society (example employment as 'an accountant' or 'a manager' in business, the profession and academia).

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2011 International Research Journals.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 12:21
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2014 03:40
Uncontrolled Keywords: accounting education, business ethics, Chesterton, existentialism, management education, Nietzsche, punk rock music, Sartre
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150101 Accounting Theory and Standards
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9303 Curriculum > 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20016

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