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  • Contribution to NGO Asia Magazine: Ethics as a Driver of Business Innovation

    Asian NGO is Asia's leading Magazine on Insights and inspiration for Social Innovation. The magazine's 18th Edition is titled Cities of the Future and is looking at how city life and sustainability can go hand in hand in the age of urbanization. The HMC has contributed an article on Ethics as a Driver of Business Innovation laying out the argument for strong values and a sense of purpose as the foundation for meaningful innovations by businesses . Businesses, so the article argues, are underutilizing the creativity, ingenuity and desire of their people to develop meaningful innovations that create sustainable value by deploying a truncated mental model of why ethics matter for Read More
  • Course Conference: What Makes Development Good?

    On November 11th 2016 a one day Course Conference took place at Palais des Nations, Headquarter of the United Nations Organizations in Geneva, Switzerland as the closing event of our Master Level Course at the University of St. Gallen titled What Makes Development Good? This course was delivered in two blocks by the HMC at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland for the first time in the Autumn Semester 2016. The first block was focused on the participants presenting real cases of development programs that are representative of different streams in development theory. The second block then took place in Geneva focused on meeting and interacting with development practitioners. Read More
  • 2016 IGNITE Conference

    We are proud to be a Vision Partner of the IGNITE Movement for the second year running. After a huge success in 2015, the student-run initiative will hold its second conference on the 16th and 17th November 2016 at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. The initiative focuses on purpose-driven business and the positive impacts a good company culture as well as humanistic leadership can have not just on employees’ wellbeing but also on society by forming financially and socially successful organisations. The unique conference brings together international pioneer leaders, leading academics and students in order to gain insights into a new approach to leadership. Through workshops, keynotes and networking Read More
  • 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
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This project will publish the second volume of a case collection in the Humanism in Business Book Series demonstrating how humanistic management is put into practice.

In 2011 Humanistic Management in Practice, the first book of the Humanism in Business Book Series came out at Springer (Palgrave Macmillan), with whom the Humanistic Management Network has brought to market 14 books in the series to date. The first volume of Humanistic Management in Practice presented 19 case examples of businesses from around the globe that are anchored in principles we uphold in Humanistic Management. The volume served as an important 'proof of concept' by demonstrating the feasibility of business models and management styles that embrace a humanistic and reject a mechanistic view of the firm. In its introduction the book had also introduced unconditional respect for human dignity as the foundation for how we define Humanistic Management.

Five years on it is high time to publish a second volume with a new set of case examples of humanistic business leadership at its finest.

You can view the Call for Cases here

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Many leaders today have participated in executive education programs to gain new insights, train skills and build networks in order to progress in their careers or develop new opportunities for doing so. But do executive education providers really deliver on their promise of shaping tomorrow's leaders?

Executive education provides one of the rare opportunities for creating a space in which leaders can reflect on their role and ask how they can contribute to a more equitable and more sustainable planet; how they can deliver on the dual objective of creating business success and value for society. Without actively integrating this dimension in leadership development offers, executive education providers are facing the question of how they themselves assume responsibility.

You can view the Call for Chapters here

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From the 14th to the 16th of November 2016 the fifth Business and Human Rights (BHR) Forum of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at the United Nations (OHCHR) took place in Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. On the 13th of November 2016 we invited the Humanistic Management delegation to a pre-BHR Forum workshop on Humanistic Management.

The workshop was geared towards an active exchange and assessment of opportunities to collaborate on initiatives related to Humanistic Management. It was therefore centered on an open discussion framed by a presentation on foundational principles of Humanistic Management. The presentation highlighted the Context, Mental Model, Key Drivers and the Management Paradigm for Humanistic Management.

You can see further information on the event here

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Asian NGO is Asia's leading Magazine on Insights and inspiration for Social Innovation. The magazine's 18th Edition is titled Cities of the Future and is looking at how city life and sustainability can go hand in hand in the age of urbanization.

The HMC has contributed an article on Ethics as a Driver of Business Innovation laying out the argument for strong values and a sense of purpose as the foundation for meaningful innovations by businesses

. Businesses, so the article argues, are underutilizing the creativity, ingenuity and desire of their people to develop meaningful innovations that create sustainable value by deploying a truncated mental model of why ethics matter for business. Ethical questions have entered the top of the executive agenda in many businesses around the world but they are often viewed as a limitation of entrepreneurial freedom rather than a booster to the innovative capacity of the organization. The future success of a business will more than ever depend on innovations that help us address the main challenges we face as a global community and ethics is the foundation of delivering such innovations.

You can view the article under this link: Ethics as Innovation Driver

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