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Towards a Human Centered Theory and Practice of the Firm


Michael Pirson


Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration; Harvard University; Humanistic Management Network

Ernst Von Kimakowitz


Humanistic Management Center; The Humanistic Management Network; University of St. Gallen

August 7, 2010

Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper No. 2010-006

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In this paper we review the challenges to the current economic system, and proceed by presenting two competing paradigms- the economistic and the humanistic paradigm of business. We then develop the consequences of the humanistic view for the theory of the firm and the practice of the firm. We examine business strategy, governance structures, leadership styles, and organizational culture and illustrate them based on global case examples. In this manner we contribute to the discussion of alternative theories of the firm centering the debate on authentic human needs and its consequences for management theory.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 40

Keywords: Theory of Firm, Humanism in Business, Humanistic Management, Business Paradigms

JEL Classification: A00,B00, M00

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Date posted: August 7, 2010 ; Last revised: October 30, 2013

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Pirson, Michael and von Kimakowitz, Ernst, Towards a Human Centered Theory and Practice of the Firm (August 7, 2010). Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper No. 2010-006. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1654827 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1654827

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Michael Pirson (Contact Author)
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Ernst Von Kimakowitz
Humanistic Management Center ( email )
Sankt Gallen
Switzerland
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The Humanistic Management Network
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Switzerland
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