A philosophy for resource management
Theory concerning the field of Resource Management is non-existent. No explicit statement of the principles and assumptions from which people involved in the study of Resource Management operate or the methodology they use for resource problem solving has been developed. Such a state has led to confusion both within the study of Resource Management and between other disciplines. By applying the philosophical technique of asking questions relevant to the theory of Resource Management a statement of first principles and a methodology were developed. Two steps were necessary in developing a philosophy for Resource Management. First, a statement of the components which encompassed the meaning of a resource was identified. Second, the present resource managers was exposed. On methodology inspection adopted by the present method and approach used by resource managers was found to be deficient. A proposed methodology was developed which modified the present methodology considerably. The proposed methodology acknowledges and incorporates the constraints of time and the incomplete and provisional status of any knowledge used in resource problem solving and policy formulation. This methodology suggests a new attitude towards policy that of accepting the fallibility of any policy. The concept of fallibility was found to have ramifications for the study of Resource Management and any definition constituting Resource Management. Finally, it was concluded that Resource Management is not a discipline, it Management is defined is a way of thinking. Resource as a rational, analytical way of thinking specifically concerned with the interaction of resources, society and the environment. Three abilities were ascertained as essential to the effectiveness of a resource manager. These abilities include the need for creativity, critical analysis and a competent level of oral and written presentation for the communication of ideas.... [Show full abstract]
Keywordsresource management; philosophy; methodology; natural resources; resource economics; relative scarcity; conflict management; resource problem solving
Fields of Research050209 Natural Resource Management; 220303 Environmental Philosophy; 140205 Environment and Resource Economics
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