• Redefining the Meaning of Return

    This paper contains a collection of eight short Impact Investing case studies. The papers are researched and written by the participants of our Master's Level course on Impact Investing which took place in the Contextual Studies at the University of St. Gallen in the Spring Semester of 2016. Investments aiming to generate a positive social and / or environmental impact as well as financial return are called impact investments which have gained substantial momentum in both the finance and social entrepreneurship community. In this course participants researched a suitable investment opportunity for an impact investor and then developed a structure for a fictitious investment. This investment structure was presented at length Read More
  • Humanistic Management in Latin American Conference

    The Colombian Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network was invited to be the keynote speaker in the Latin American Conference of Zoos and Aquariums. As a start, this posed an ethical dilemma regarding the animal treatment. However, after several phone conversations where we acknowledge their hard work to change their practices towards a more dignified ones, Carlos Largacha-Martinez went to give a presentation of how to apply humanistic management in their everyday practices, and how to use our beliefs within their decision making process. It was a very interesting dialogue. We even discover that same dilemma happenned with the Chilean Zoo, where they decided to become 'B Certified'. As a Read More
  • Lecture on Key Drivers in Humanistic Management in Tokyo

    Following the invitation of the Dean of the Business Faculty of Soka Univeristy in Tokyo, Japan this lecture by the HMC was focused on key drivers in Humanistic Management with a subsequent Q&A session. The lecture and discussion which took place on the 7th of July 2016 with acclaimed interpreter Rié Kasahara translating the event into Japanese. In the Humanistic Management Center we have developed a set of key drivers that pave the road towards the humanistic management paradigm which we lay out in the Three Stepped Approach to Humanistic Management. These key drivers are purpose and legitimacy, passion and integrity and love. You can view further information as well Read More
  • Benevolent Leadership: It’s Really Hard Being Soft!

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Leadership is often associated with directives, control and authority but really how effective is the tough leadership approach? The challenge of how to be a good leader seems to be a perennial problem. An increasing challenge has emerged as those being lead become increasingly diverse, in terms of professional skills, demographics and culture, generational attitudes and workplace expectations. The question is then, with leadership responsibility and management obligations isn’t it necessary to be clear, firm and decisive? Or not? What about soft leadership? This is the topic for May and we welcome our artist-intellectual extraordinaire Lisa Philip-Harbutt to share her thoughts Read More
  • Japans Third Largest Daily Paper on Humanistic Management

    This interview with Ernst von Kimakowitz was published on June 7th 2016 in Japans third largest daily newspaper, the Seikyo Shimbun with a print run of 5.5 million copies. It is looks at business education at Soka University and the connection to the HMCs works on humanistic management. This interview was conducted by journalist Hideki Hagimoto centered around two main topical areas and exploring their connection. First the impression and views of the interviewee on the teaching and course work at Soka University's business faculty and secondly the HMCs work on Humanistic Management. You can view further Information under this link. Read More
  • 2016 Course Conference on Impact Investing

    This half day event marked the closing block of our course on Impact Investing at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The course took place during the spring semester of 2016. The theme of Impact Investing has gained substantial momentum in both, finance and social entrepreneurship communities over recent years. In addition student demand for course offers as well as supervision of theses on Impact Investing has risen steeply. The University of St. Gallen is actively responding to this demand by offering courses on related topics. This course, titled Impact Investing: Redefining the Meaning of Return delivered by the HMC represents one of these offers and took place in Read More
  • Article in AsianNGO Magazine on Humanistic Management

    Asian NGO is Asia's leading Magazine on Insights and inspiration for Social Innovation. The magazine's 16th Edition is titled The Shifting Sands of Development and is highlighting the opportunities but also the challenges that come with ambitious development goals. The HMC has gladly contributed an article on The Makings of Humanistic Management introducing our three stepped approach to Humanistic Management. In it you can find a brief summary of human dignity, integrative business ethics and stakeholder engagement as foundational pillars for a human centered management paradigm. It is on the basis of this approach that we formulate our advisory offers and, simultaneously, it guides our own work in the Humanistic Read More
  • What Makes Organizations Great

    The website of the University of Turku states that "the executive MBA (eMBA) is a leadership development programme offered by the Turku School of Economics. The eMBA Turku aims at developing visionary leaders with a desire for renewal and the will to deliver real benefits to their organisations." A two-day Forum focusing on current topics relevant for society, business and leadership is part of the executive MBA curriculum by the Turku School of Economics. Based on the analysis that: "More than ever, the current era is filled with decisions, events and themes, which all require ethical, thorough consideration - on societal, organizational and individual levels", the 2016 forum topic was Ethical Read More
  • HMC Supporting IKEA Switzerlands Stakeholder Engagement

    For the second year the Humanistic Management Center received the mandate to support Swedish furniture company IKEA with their stakeholder engagement activities in the Swiss market. The mandate included to support the design and delivery of the 2016 IKEA Switzerland Stakeholder Day on March 18th. The day was split into two parts. The morning was reserved for a workshop with a select group of experts on the topic of Expanding the Life Span of Furniture. In the afternoon, the 2016 IKEA Stakeholder Forum took place in a much bigger group focusing on introducing and discussing some of IKEAs initiatives towards a circular economy as well as the results from the Read More
  • With Values to Value

    At the shores of Lake Constance lies beautifully Lilienberg Unternehmerforum, a conferencing facility most suited for dialogue and reflection. Ethics First, the executive education joint venture between the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen and he Humanistic Management Center was privileged to have the opportunity to co-host an event at this exclusive location. This collaborative effort between Lilienberg Unternehmerforum and ETHICS FIRST had two main aims: Firstly we wanted assess jointly with entrepreneurs how strong values help to successfully navigate the complexities of managing SMEs in a global marketplace. Secondly we had the opportunity to test the three topical foci we have defined for Ethics First being 1) Read More
  • Workplace stress and cortisol: The challenge of balance, control and the good life

    On March 3rd 2016 the Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network together with the Leadership Lab of the University of Adelaide invite you to the next workshop with Adelaide Business School’s esteemed Prof. Petrina Coventry. Sleep, Laugh and Breathe – this is the message of the event for Mad March, when we'll explore how to stay sane and healthy at work by keeping control of our cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone and high levels can have a serious impact on our well-being. The potential damage to our hearts, immune systems, blood pressure, and emotional well-being are real and significant.  Most people in the workplace are Read More
  • Sustainability as Moral Imperative

    The Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE - German Business Ethics Network) and Vaude, a leading manufacturer of Mountaineering Equipment, Sporting Goods, Outdoor Clothing and Camping Equipment, hosted this event at the company's headquarters at Lake Constance in Germany. Vaude is a much acclaimed sustainability champion "dedicated to making our world a better place". This event was centered on introducing and discussing the sustainability strategy of Vaude and the values and philosophy that drive it. Senior executives of the company as well as the Managing Director and owner of this family owned business were presenting and discussing with former HP Executive Herbert Reiss and Ernst von Kimakowitz of the Humanistic Management Center. You Read More
  • New Book: Human Centered Management in Executive Education

    Human Centered Management in Executive Education provides a comprehensive insight on innovation in Executive Education with a unique global scope. This book integrates studies and experiences of 32 distinguished scholars from 15 countries who are working in the development of theories and practices to advance a human centered management paradigm. The discussion presents a well-balanced outlook that combines and contrasts research and models from developed and developing countries and the visions of 10 women and 22 male authors from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Read More
  • The Foundations of Humanistic Management

    This event marked the first Humanistic Management Conference taking place in Brazil. Having collaborated with Kelly Broliani of IPCC who leads the Brazil Interest Group of the Humanistic Management Network for several years already, January 14th 2016 opened a new chapter for the engagement of the Humanistic Management Center in Brazil. The conference welcomed participants from government, the non-profit sector and the business community of the four million people strong city of Curitiba in Southern Brazil. This half day conference took place on the premises of Instituto Pró-Cidadania de Curitiba (IPCC) in the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná aiming to provide insight into and nourish exchange on the Read More
  • Humanistic Management Leadership Recognitions awarded

    Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategic Management at Boston College and L. Hunter Lovins, CEO of NaturalCapitalism and Executive Member of the Club of Rome have received the 2015 Recognition for Leadership in Humanistic Management. The award was presented at the 2015 Academy of Management in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The Leadership in Humanistic Management Recognition awards preeminent academics, practitioners, and policy makers who contribute to a "life-conducive" economic system in thought and action.  Prior recipients include Henry Mintzberg, Roger Martin, Ed Freeman, Mary Gentile, Anil Gupta as well as organizations such as SEMCO, DM, OECD Better Life, and UN PRME. Read More
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Interview and article on business ethics in pay, the client magazine of Arvato Financial Solutions.

The 03/2016 edition of Pay Magazine, the client magazine of Arvato Financial Solutions features the topic of Morality. For the Magazine the HMC has given an interview on general questions of business ethics and morals and why they matter for a healthy private sector generating sustainable value for both the business and society at large. This edition of pay also features an article on the activities of some prominent entrepreneurs including our comments.

The interview and article are available in both, German and an English transaltion here: Moral Considerations need Leeway

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Jane Dutton, the Robert L. Kahn Distinguished University Professor of Business Administration and Psychology, at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan received the 2016 Recognition for Leadership in Humanistic Management.  Bestowing that honor, the Humanistic Management Network recognizes Jane Dutton's pioneering efforts to develop a positive organizational perspective in research and teaching aiming to bring out the best in people. The award was presented at the 2016 Academy of Management in Anaheim, CA.

The Leadership in Humanistic Management Recognition awards preeminent academics, practitioners, and policy makers who contribute to a "life-conducive" economic system in thought and action.  Prior recipients include Henry Mintzberg, Roger Martin, Ed Freeman, Mary Gentile, Anil Gupta, Hans Kueng, Hunter Lovins, Sandra Waddock and Jeffrey Sachs as well as organizations such as SEMCO, DM, OECD Better Life, and UN PRME.


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Project Management Institute (PMI) is the world's leading not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI delivers value for more than 2.9 million professionals working in nearly every country in the world through global advocacy, collaboration, education and research.

The Humanistic Management Center gladly accepted the invitation to present and discuss the foundations of a human centered management paradigm under the framing question of What Makes Organizations Great?. The main presupposition of this presentation is that the combination of democratic government and market economies has had a hugely liberating and prosperity generating effect in many parts of the world. Simultaneously however, we can increasingly observe the limitations of theories, policies and business practices that are based on the belief that market forces automatically and autonomously deliver desired results.

You can see further information on the event here

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The HMC has been collaborating with Soka University in Tokyo, Japan for several years. During a semester long stay in Tokyo a range of activities provided the opportunity to promote Humanistic Management.

The following activities took place from April to July 2016:

  • One undergraduate course on Humanistic Management
  • A series of faculty workshops discussing elements of Humanistic Management including its fit to the Buddhist tradition of Soka University: Faculty workshop series
  • Several guest lectures and talks: Lecture on Key Drivers in Humanistic Management
  • An interview in Japans third largest daily newspaper with a print run of 10 million copies: Interview in Seikyo Shimbun

You can see the overview with download options under this link.

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