Towards a Humanistic Management Paradigm: A Step Back to Embrace the Future?

6 Pages Posted: 22 Feb 2013

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Michael Pirson

Fordham University - Gabelli School of Business; Humanistic Management Network; Harvard University

Date Written: February 20, 2013


Many scholars and practitioners would agree that current organizational research is in a paradigmatic crisis. The questions we are answering within the ‘normal science’ paradigm of economism resemble Kuhn’s puzzle solving approach but rarely yield important further insights paramount to answering urgent questions of the real world. Looking back at the roots of organizational research, the author proposes a more dedicated and concerted effort to developing an alternative, humanistic paradigm, which can set management research onto a path to higher theoretical accuracy and more practical relevance.

Keywords: humanistic management, paradigm, economism, organizational research

Suggested Citation

Pirson, Michael, Towards a Humanistic Management Paradigm: A Step Back to Embrace the Future? (February 20, 2013). Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper, Humanistic Management Network, Research Paper Series No. 13-02, Available at SSRN: or

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