Associate Professor Steven Segal

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Associate Professor Steven Segal

Associate Professor in Management

MGSM

Contact Details

Tel: +61 2 9850 9907

Email: steven.segal@mgsm.edu.au

Expertise

Reflective Practice

Bio

About Associate Professor Steven Segal

Associate Professor in Management

BA (Wits), BA Honours (RAU), BA Honours (Wits), MA (Wits), PhD (Wits)

Teaching Areas

  • People & Organisations
  • Foundations of Management Thought
  • Managing with a Global Mindset
  • Executive Coaching

Research Area Affiliations

  • Reflective Practice

Research statement

Dr Segal’s research is concerned with integrating management theory and practice, focusing on disclosing new worlds of possibility.  He especially makes explicit the cognitive and emotional elements of the process of reflection.  He illustrates how sustained opportunities for reflection drive self-development through emotional states to which managerial theory or practice has traditionally paid scant attention, such as surprise, shock, perplexity, curiosity, and wonder.

Contribution to management education

Dr Segal is exploring the power of reflective moods within the context of executive coaching. Executive coaching is a particular kind of practice of reflection. He is in the process of writing a manuscript on executive coaching from a manager’s perspective in which he is arguing that just like coaching, management is centrally a conversational practice, which opens up new possibilities for being and educating managers.

Contribution to management practice

South Africa is in the process of transformation from authoritarian to democratic forms of government, interpersonal relations and schooling.  Dr Segal contributed to a project developing situational appropriate courses and course material to facilitate this transformation. The action-research project involved reflection both on the implementation of the course and on the process through which the course was designed.

Media topics

  • Interpretative and Critical Approaches to Leadership and Organisational Practices
  • Diversity in Management and Culture

Publications

Journal articles

  • Segal, S. (2017). The existential dimensions of the paradox of becoming in the process turn in organisation studies. Management Learning, 48(4), 471-486. [6].
  • Rolfe, B., Segal, S., & Cicmil, S. (2017). The wisdom of conversations: Existential Hermeneutic Phenomenology (EHP) for project managers. International Journal of Project Management, 35(5), 739-748. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2017.03.002
  • Segal, S., & Bruce, K. (2017). Breaking the chains of ignorance: manager-philosophers in recent management history. Journal of Management History, 23(2), 118-132. DOI: 10.1108/JMH-02-2017-0006
  • Bradley, R., Segal, S., & Cicmil, S. (2016). An Existential hermeneutic philosophical approach to project management. Project Management Journal, 47(3), 48-62.
  • Segal, S. (2011). A Heideggerian Perspective on the Relationship Between Mintzberg's distinction between engaged and disconnected management: the role of uncertainty in management. Journal of Business Ethics, 103(3), 469-483.
  • Rolfe, B., & Segal, S. (2011). Opening the Space of the Project Manager: A phenomenological approach. Philosophy of Management, 10(1), 43-60.
  • Segal, S. (2011). Spirit and being in management: a Heideggerian redescription of Drucker?s notion of the spirit of management. Journal of Spirituality, Leadership and Management, 5(1), 37-45.
  • Segal, S. (2010). A Heideggerian approach to practice-based reflexivity. Management Learning, 41(4), 379-389.
  • Segal, S. (2006). Disrupted conventions or diseased selves: The relationship between philosophical and psychotherapeutic forms of questioning. Philosophical Practice, 2(1), 41-55.
  • Segal, S. (2006). Narcissism, Nationalism and Philosophy in Heidegger. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology, 5(2), 1-10.

Books

  • Segal, S., & Jankelson, C. (Eds.) (2016). Face to face with practice: existential forms of research for management inquiry. London: Routledge.
  • Segal, S. (2015). Management practice and creative destruction: existential skills for inquiring managers, researchers and educators. (Gower applied research). Surrey, England: Gower Publishing.
  • Segal, S. (2014). Business feel: leading paradigm shifts in organisations. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. DOI: 10.1057/9781137316271.
  • Segal, S. (2005). Business Feel: From the Science of Management to the Philosophy of Leadership, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book chapters

  • Mead, A., & Segal, S. (2016). Moments of resolve: existential challenges of everyday working life. In S. Segal, & C. Jankelson (Eds.), Face to face with practice: existential forms of research for management inquiry (pp. 41-54). London: Routledge.
  • Jankelson, C., & Segal, S. (2016). Introduction. In S. Segal, & C. Jankelson (Eds.), Face to face with practice: existential forms of research for management inquiry (pp. xiv-xxv). London: Routledge.
  • Segal, S. (2014). “The Paradox of Creative Destruction: Leading in a world where there is no ‘business as usual”. In P. Sparks (Ed.), Emerging Trends in Leadership & Strategy Vol 1, (pp. 15-40). Australia: Trend Business Publishing.
  • Walker, J. L., Segal, S., & Pradhan, S. (2013). “Cognitive complexity: ability to understand abstract ideas in action”. In M. Javidan, & J. L. Walker (Eds.), Developing your global mindset: the handbook for successful global leaders, (pp. 183-187). USA: Beavers Pond Press.
  • Segal, S. (2013). “Case study 1: the lived experience of developing a global mindset in South Africa”. In M. Javidan, & J. L. Walker (Eds.), Developing your global mindset: the handbook for successful global leaders, (pp. 538- 545). USA: Beavers Pond Press.

Conference papers

  • Hovey, W., & Segal, S. (2014). Unlocking the black box of business succession : the transformation of a business advisory practice through the lived experience of the principal, the accretion of practical wisdom, and the grounding of practice in Heideggerian and Aristotelian philo. Philosophy of Management Conference 2014 : book of abstracts (pp.44-46). Chicago, USA: DePaul University.
  • Segal, S. (2014). The "Hermeneutic circle" as a forum for developing professional research practitioners. Philosophy of Management Conference 2014 : book of abstracts (pp.78-78). Chicago, USA: DePaul University.
  • Tajalli, P., & Segal, S. (2014). Is ‘Applied Ethics’ Applicable. 4thAnnual Australasian Business Ethics Network (ABEN) Conference: Reflection on Ethics (pp. 1-1). Sydney, Australia: ABEN.
  • Oakes, N., Heys, A., & Segal, S. (2013). A Phenomenological study of profit sharing and its likely impact in large Australian law firms. 27th ANZAM Conference 2013 (pp. 1-20). Hobart, Australia: ANZAM.
  • Segal, S., & Royal, A. (2013). A Role of existential philosophizing for managers on international assignments. Management learning Conference: learning to publish, publishing to learn (pp. 1-22). Lancaster, UK: Lancaster University Management School.
  • Segal, S. (2013). Supervision as a process of enabling candidates to acquire the practical wisdom of research. The Supervision challenge: integrating the 5 Ps conference (pp. 115-115). Melbourne, Australia: Swinburne University of Technology.
  • Segal, S. (2012). The Role of philosophising for managers on international assignments. 11th World Congress of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (pp. 1-33). Limerick, Ireland: Interesource Group Publishing.
  • Segal, S., Jankelson, C., Arkles, R., Braks, A., Duggan, A., Hovey, W., Howell, L., Hughes, K., Matheson, A., Mead, A., Rolfe, B., & Walker, J. (2012). When being off-track is a way of being on-track: a hermeneutic phenomenological approach to research and research supervision. 11th World Congress of the International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management (pp. 1-6). Limerick, Ireland: Interesource Group Publishing.
  • Segal, S. (2010). Spirit and being in management: A Heideggerian redescription of Drucker. Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (pp. 1-21). Adelaide, Australia: ANZAM.
  • Segal, S. (2010). The relation between care and technique in the context of management: A Heideggerian Perspective. Academy of Management Conference (pp. 1-15). Montreal, Canada: Academy of Management.
  • Segal, S. (2009). A Heideggerian Perspective on the Relationship Between Care and Technique in Management, Nursing and Leadership. Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (pp. 1-14). Melbourne, Australia: ANZAM.
  • Rolfe, B., & Segal, S. (2009). Opening the Space of the Project Manager. 5th International Critical Management Studies Conference (pp. 1-28). Warwick, UK: Critical Management Studies.
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