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The Humanistic Management Network Team

The Humanistic Management Network works with a number of individuals from academia, the private, and public sector, on a project basis. The core team consists of six people working on the creation of actionable knowledge for human centered businesses.

The six Principals of The Humanistic Management Network are:

Wolfgang Amann (PhD.): Member of faculty and Executive Director MBA St. Gallen; responsible for management education initiatives of The Humanistic Management Network (wamann[at]

Claus Dierksmeier: (PhD; Dr. habil.) Professor for political and economic philosophy at Stonehill College, Easton (Boston), MA / USA; responsible for the theoretical foundations of humanistic ethics. (cdierksmeier[at]

Michael Pirson (PhD.): Research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard; responsible for the research agenda of The Humanistic Management Network (mpirson[at]

Heiko Spitzeck: (PhD.): Lecturer at Cranfield University, Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility; responsible for fundraising at The Humanistic Management Network (hspitzeck[at]

Ernst von Kimakowitz: (PhD.): Independent consultant; responsible for the consulting offer of The Humanistic Management Network (evkimakowitz[at]






























Wolfgang Amann   (wamann[at] back to team members

Dr. Wolfgang Amann learned his research skills at the Wharton School in Philadelphia and his executive education skills at IMD in Lausanne. After gathering experience in top management consulting, he has been marketing, designing, directing and delivering executive education seminars for a number of years. He directed in the past the Henley Center for Creative Destruction as well as the Henley Center of Excellence in Case Writing. He has also been Vice-Director of the Executive School at the University of St.Gallen where he was the Executive Director of a variety of international programs including all activities along the ‘value’ chain from program innovations, marketing, admission, operations, career services and alumni management. He now serves as Director of Executive Education at Goethe Business School of the University of Frankfurt where he also teaches top management seminars on strategy and governance. He won several European and global awards for his research and teaching. He has written several books on corporate strategy, governance, managing complexity, humanism in business and work-life-balance.

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Claus Dierksmeier   (cdierksmeier[at] back to team members

Claus Dierksmeier is Associate Professor for philosophy at Stonehill College, Easton (Boston), MA / USA. He studied philosophy, law, and theology in Hamburg and Münster, Germany. After receiving his PhD in Hamburg, Germany and his “Habilitation” degree in Jena, Germany, Claus did further research on socio-liberal philosophy in Spain and Latin America (Uruguay, Argentina), before, six years ago, he came to the Boston area.

Claus is the author of several books and many articles on ethics, the history of legal and economic ideas. His main areas of expertise are

  • political and economic philosophy

  • the ethics of globalization

  • theory of freedom and liberalism

  • philosophy of law and religion

  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Claus has served as an academic advisor on Corporate Social Responsibility for the Strategy Institute of the Boston Consulting Group. He is a member of many academic societies, serves on the advisory board of the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations, and is on the Review Board for the Journal of Intergenerational Justice.

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Michael Pirson   (mpirson[at] back to team members

Michael Pirson received his PhD in Organizational Behavior from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. His research focuses on the conditions of stakeholder trust in organizational contexts. He is also examining the impact of organizational design on stakeholder well being and looks at social enterprises as humanistic alternatives to traditional business design. In his teaching, he focuses on the management dilemmas in the 21st century, such as ecological and social sustainability, stakeholder trust, employee engagement and individual happiness. He also uses activity based learning techniques to teach social entrepreneurship. Michael is currently a research fellow and a lecturer at Harvard University. Before receiving his doctorate, Michael worked in international management consulting for several years. He also gained experience in the political arena while working on Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign. Michael has started several social enterprises in the area of economic development and currently serves on the board of three social enterprises based in the U.S.

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Heiko Spitzeck   (hspitzeck[at] back to team members

Heiko Spitzeck is a lecturer at Cranfield University´s Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in the UK. His main interest is in organizational learning in terms of corporate responsibility and sustainability. He teaches Business Ethics, Social Entrepreneurship as well as Responsible and Sustainable Business to MSc, MBA, Executive MBA students, and Senior Executives. His teaching is informed by more than 8 years of consulting experience as well as academic research. His publications have appeared in numerous international journals as well as in several books published among others by Cambridge University Press. He is a director and founding member of the Humanistic Management Network. Between 2004 and 2006 he served as Director for oikos International, a student-driven NGO for sustainable management and economics. Due to this extensive experience Heiko was invited to give guest lectures in Austria, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Also, he held visiting positions at the University of California at Berkeley, Fordham University in New York (both U.S.) as well as the University of Extremadura (Spain). Heiko was educated in Germany, Spain and Switzerland. He received his PhD from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).

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Ernst von Kimakowitz   (evkimakowitz[at] back to team members

Ernst von Kimakowitz has received an award winning PhD from the Institute for Business Ethics of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland and works as an independent consultant. Within The Humanistic Management network he leads the consulting service offer.

His primary research interest is the transnational corporation as a development agent. More specifically he is looking at the interaction between transnational corporations and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing economies. This interest is based on the assumption that a healthy SME sector offers substantial benefits to foreign direct investors whilst presenting a strong lever for local development.

In his consulting work he focuses on projects related to corporate social responsibility and economic development. His mandates include consulting engagements for the United Nations (UNCTAD), as well as for various private sector clients.

Previously, he spent five years in the strategy department of one of the leading international management consulting firms in London, England. His consulting engagements were predominantly in the telecommunications and energy industries with projects taking place in various countries across Europe, the Americas, and Central Asia.

He holds an MSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). His undergraduate studies were in Political Science and Business Administration at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany and the Universidad de los Andes in Mérida, Venezuela. He is a German citizen with a lively interest in international issues.

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