Dignity - A Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Organizational Research?

11 Pages Posted: 28 Mar 2014 Last revised: 5 Nov 2014

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Michael Pirson

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

Date Written: March 24, 2014


In line with Zald’s (1993) argument, we suggest that a reconnection with the notion of Kantian dignity would allow organizational research to pursue an “enlightenment” model viewing organizational studies as applied discipline with a goal of public and civic participation, rather than an engineering model pursuing specific problem solving toward predefined goals of profit maximization. Such a perspective has yielded many practical benefits as well as increased the theoretical accuracy for example in the field of conflict resolution and negotiation. While not all elements of organizational research need to increase accuracy at the expense of parsimony, some parts could benefit from broadening assumptions of human nature. As long as researchers can mindfully choose among options there may be renewed vigor for some streams of organizational research that also translate in relevance both scholarly and practically.

Keywords: humanistic, humanistic management, dignity, organizational research, paradigm

Suggested Citation

Pirson, Michael, Dignity - A Missing Piece in the Puzzle of Organizational Research? (March 24, 2014). Humanistic Management Network, Research Paper Series No. 14-11, Fordham University Schools of Business Research Paper No. 2413814, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2413814 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2413814

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