Micromanagement and Poor Self-Control


  • Chrisoula Andreou University of Utah, United States of America




According to a familiar and entrenched philosophical paradigm, poor self-control amounts to diminished control by the self. While some cases of poor self-control may fit this paradigm, many paradigmatic cases of poor self-control, including cases involving individually trivial effects, do not; they are better understood as cases in which the self controls behavior, but does so poorly. As such, philosophical research on poor self-control needs to go beyond research aimed at locating and empowering the self, and into research on what it takes for selves that are already in control to qualify as managerial successes rather than managerial failures. This article focuses on certain pitfalls associated with micromanagement and on the paradoxical connection between micromanagement and poor self-control in cases involving individually trivial effects. The article ends by advancing an approach to managerial success that provides a promising route to avoiding micromanagerial pitfalls while also promoting responsible resilient agency.

Author Biography

Chrisoula Andreou, University of Utah, United States of America

Chrisoula Andreou is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Utah and an Executive Editor of the Canadian Journal of Philosophy. Her research interests are in the areas of practical reasoning, action theory, ethical theory, and applied ethics.




How to Cite

Andreou, C. (2024). Micromanagement and Poor Self-Control. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 17(1), aa-aa. https://doi.org/10.23941/ejpe.v17i1.788