Humanism in Business - Concluding Observations
Ernst Von Kimakowitz
Humanistic Management Center; The Humanistic Management Network; University of St. Gallen
Fordham University - Graduate School of Business Administration; Harvard University; Humanistic Management Network
Fundação Dom Cabral
Goethe Business School
University of St. Gallen
March 1, 2009
HUMANISM IN BUSINESS, pp. 413-427, H. Spitzeck, M. Pirson, W. Amann, S. Khan, E. von Kimakowitz, eds., Cambridge University Press, March 2009
What is the purpose of our economic system? What would a more life-serving economy look like? There are many books about business and society, yet very few of them question the primacy of GDP growth, profit maximization and individual utility maximization. Even developments with a humanistic touch like stakeholder participation, corporate social responsibility or corporate philanthropy serve the same goal: to foster long-term growth and profitability. Humanism in Business questions these assumptions and investigates the possibility of creating a human-centered, value-oriented society based on humanistic principles. An international team of academics and practitioners present philosophical, spiritual, economic, psychological and organizational arguments that show how humanism can be used to understand, and possibly transform, business at three different levels: the systems level, the organizational level and the individual level. This groundbreaking book will be of interest to academics, practitioners and policymakers concerned with business ethics and the relationship between business and society.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 15
Keywords: Humanism in Business, Business Ethics, Normative Management, Corporate ResponsibilityAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: November 24, 2010 ; Last revised: May 11, 2011
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