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.
Wolfgang Amann is Executive Director of the MBA programme at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Shiban Khan is a senior researcher at the University of St Gallen, Switzerland. Michael Pirson is a research fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, Harvard University, and a lecturer at the Harvard Extension School. Heiko Spitzeck is studying for a PhD at the Institute for Business Ethics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. Ernst von Kimakowitz is studying for a PhD at the Institute for Business Ethics of the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
List of figures; List of tables; List of editors and contributors; HUMANET: HUmanistic MAnagement Research NETwork: paving the way towards a life-serving economy; Introduction Michael Pirson, Ernst von Kimakowitz, Heiko Spitzeck, Wolfgang Amann and Shiban Khan; Part I. Philosophic-Historical Grounding of Humanism: 1. Philosophical grounds of Humanism in economics Julian Nida-Rumelin; 2. The Humanist tradition Matt Cherry; 3. Humanism and culture: balancing particularity and universalism among the world's religions Greg Epstein; 4. A requisite journey: from business ethics to economic philosophy Claus Dierksmeier; 5. The global economy from a moral point of view Stephen B. Young; 6. The implications of Humanism for business studies Omar Aktouf and W. David Holford; 7. Current trends in Humanism and business Domenec Mele; Part II. Towards an Integration of Humanism and Business on a Systems Level: 8. Towards a civilized market economy: economic citizenship rights and responsibilities in service of a humane society Peter Ulrich; 9. Development as freedom - individual freedom as a social commitment Amartya Sen; 10. On corporate responsibility for human rights Klaus M. Leisinger; 11. The value shift: merging social and financial imperatives Lynn Sharp Paine; 12. The ugly side of capitalism: what the young generation needs to combat Ulrich Steger; Part III. Humanistic Management: 13. Democratizing the corporation Allen L. White; 14. Social entrepreneurship - a blueprint for humane organizations? Michael Pirson; 15. Humanism at work: crucial organizational cultures and leadership principles Claudia Peus and Dieter Frey; 16. Positive organizational scholarship: embodying a humanistic perspective of business Miguel Pereira Lopes, Miguel Pina e Cunha, Stephan Kaiser and Gordon Muller-Seitz; 17. Corporate sustainability as an indicator for more humanism in business? A view beyond the usual hype in Europe Oliver Salzmann, Aileen Ionescu-Somers and Ulrich Steger; 18. Changing direction - corporations as ambassadors of the environment? Oliver Rapf; Part IV. The Individual as a Change Agent for a Humane Business Society: 19. Ethical codes at work Adrian Henriques; 20. The daunting challenges of globalization and the power of individuals in cross-stakeholder networks for a humanistic face of globalization Jean-Pierre Lehmann; 21. The leader as responsible change agent: promoting Humanism in and beyond business Thomas Maak and Nicola Pless; 22. Quiet leadership - a way to sustainable positive change Joe Badaracco; 23. Everyone a changemaker: social entrepreneurship's ultimate goal William Drayton; 24. Social business entrepreneurs are the solution Muhammad Yunus; 25. Concluding observations Ernst von Kimakowitz, Michael Pirson, Heiko Spitzeck, Wolfgang Amann and Shiban Khan; Index.