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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. 

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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

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.

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: Redefining the Meaning of Return

On February 23rd 2016 Ethics First, the executive education joint venture of the HUmanistic Management Center and the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen, held an event that was co-hosted by Lilienberg Unternehmerforum, a conferencing facility at the shores of Lake Constance in Switzerland. In July 2016 a summary of the event was published in the Lilienberg Zeitschrift.

This article describing the event firstly highlights the main purpose of Ethics First which is also the organization's claim: Empowering Responsible Leaders expresses both, why we have founded Ethics First and also what the main value proposition to our customers is. The article continues with a description of the event in which we first saw a series of short presentations followed by three topical workshops and a plenary closing discussion.

You can access the article (in German) under this link.

 

Introduction to Humanistic Management


 
 

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