Humility and Decision Making in Companies

18 Pages Posted: 17 May 2017

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Antonio Argandoña

University of Navarra - IESE Business School

Date Written: January 27, 2017


The literature on humility has grown considerably in recent decades, within the fields of psychology and ethics, as have its applications in organizational management, leadership and the functioning of teams. This paper is intended as a further contribution to this literature. Its starting point is the hypothesis that an excellent manager must be a virtuous person and points to what is involved in managing an organization as justification for this hypothesis. It also explains the distinctive qualities of humility and how this virtue fosters management quality.

Keywords: Ethics; Firm; Humility; Management; Organization; Virtue

Suggested Citation

Argandoña, Antonio, Humility and Decision Making in Companies (January 27, 2017). IESE Business School Working Paper No. 1164-E, Available at SSRN: or

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