Chapter name: Humanistic Management Network Swiss Chapter
Contact name: Ernst von Kimakowitz
Background information: In 2007 the humanistic management movement was institutionalized by founding a charitable Swiss association in the Canton of St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland, beautifully nestled between lake Constance and the Alps.
The Swiss Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network works on the basis that a fundamental paradigm shift is needed in the way we define the purpose of business and its role in society. To this end the Swiss Chapter promotes the approach to humanistic management developed by the Humanistic Management Center that is based on the three pillars of 1) Respect for human dignity 2) Integration of ethical considerations in management decisions and 3) Engagement with stakeholders
More on this approach can be found under http://www.humanisticmanagement.org.
Chapter activities: The Swiss Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network is undertaking three types of activities.
· Supporting the humanistic management movement globally by empowering and facilitating chapter activities worldwide
· Organizing and participating in events that aim to promote the ideas of humanistic management
· Providing input on further developing the foundations of humanistic management
The Swiss Chapter runs and channels its own activities mainly through the Humanistic Management Center (www.humanisticmanagement.org), an independent think–tank, learning institution and advisory firm in the corporate responsibility and business ethics arena.
We have compiled a paper containing a collection of eleven short Impact Investing scenario cases. 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 2015.
Investments aiming to generate a positive social and / or environmental impact as well as some financial return have become known as impact investments over recent years and 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 during the course and student teams also delivered short papers on their investment proposal which are compiled in this document.
You can download the paper under this link
This contribution to the magazine of London based Philanthropy Impact is focused on addressing poverty and inequality through business.
It opens with one of the cornerstones in the debate on distributional justice, that the moral development of a society can be measured by how it treats its weakest members thus arguing that poverty and inequality are indeed defining challenges of humanity. On these grounds the article continues outlining the hallmarks of a human centered management paradigm embracing the positive power of business to address poverty and inequality.
It concludes that it is an enormous privilege that we are given the opportunity to rid the world of extreme poverty and allow for everyone to live in dignity as a member of our global community. Let's make sure not to waste it.
To read the article please follow this link
If your area of research or practice touches the emerging field of social ventures that leverage unconventional types of leadership, governance, and ownership, we are cordially inviting you to join your fellow academics and practitioners for this online social lab experience.
Governance Lab is a virtual social lab experience for academics and practitioners interested in mapping and navigating the emerging field of social ventures that leverage unconventional types of leadership, governance, and ownership. The purpose of this lab is to identify important research questions and generate valuable insights for practitioners, as well as to ignite new scholar-practitioner collaborations.
The insights that emerge from this social lab experience will seed an in-person professional development workshop (PDW) in Vancouver on August 9th as part of the annual conference of the Academy of Management (AOM) - world's largest and most reputable association of management scholars.
Participants in the PDW will prototype actionable projects to advance scholar-practitioner collaboration and make tangible impact on both theory and practice in the related fields. It is expected that many people will participate in both the virtual Governance Lab and the PDW, although it is fine for people to only join one or the other.
More information and registration details can be found here.
Soka University was founded in 1971 on the principles of a humanistic education and innovative approaches to learning.
One of the characteristics that distinguish Soka University is that it has been promoting international exchanges since its inception and now has one of the most active exchange programs in Japan. The university campus is located in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo.
For the fourth time since 2010 the Humanistic Management Center has the great pleasure to engage with a student and faculty delegation from Soka University, Tokyo, Japan during a workshop in August 2015.
To find out more about this event please follow the link
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