• 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. 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 underlying assumptions, main tenets and practical implications of a human centered management paradigm in business. You can view further information, a picture gallery and the presentation here 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 can view further information on this afternoon at Vaude here   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) a general introduction to business ethics as a strategic success factor, 2) leadership for the triple bottom line and 3) stakeholder engagement. You can view further information including a picture gallery and the program here 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 morning workshop. You can view further information and a picture gallery here 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." 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 Management Center You can view download the article and view free subscription options here 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. 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
  • 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 as a picture gallery under this link.   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. 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. 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
  • 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. 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
  • 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 under pressure - perhaps due to deadlines or performance expectations or excessive workloads - and these stresses have a detrimental effect on us. Learning how to balance and control our cortisol levels is key to a healthier and happier professional life. 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 on this compelling approach to leadership. Soft diplomacy stops conflict escalation more effectively than hard lines. Soft skills like emotional intelligence help bring empathy and creative solutions into the workplace. By ensuring considered communication, appropriate social etiquette and respectful inclusion soft leaders invite people to engage, share, learn and explore workplace challenges not just fix it. We look forward to your soft leadership experiences and challenges in May and to learning how different leaders manage to cultivate their soft side for team successes, enhanced productivity, workplace well-being and improved organisational resilience. You can see further information, get directions and registration options under this link 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.

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

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