Humanistic Management PhD Reading Group: March 11, 2019

Welcome to the Foundations in Humanistic Management Reading Group. We meet monthly to discuss significant papers on incorporating humanistic ideas such as dignity and well-being into management scholarship and practice, as well as classic works which have spoken to these concerns across the ages. This series is hosted by the IHMA’s Humanistic Management PhD Network for the purpose of supporting new scholars intellectually, broadening awareness of existing theory, and framing opportunities for future research.

Each week we will consider a small number of articles and possibly a selection from a classic work. The readings will be shared a week or so before the meeting and preparation is encouraged, but not required. For the benefit of all, a participant or moderator will summarize the readings at the beginning of the discussion.

This session completes our consideration of Benedetta Giovanola’s paper “Re-Thinking the Anthropological and Ethical Foundation of Economics and Business: Human Richness and Capabilities Enhancement” in the Journal of Business Ethics. In addition, we will discuss a paper from the same journal by Domènec Melé on “The Firm as a ‘Community of Persons’: A Pillar of Humanistic Management Ethos”. If possible, participants should read the two articles before the meeting, but all are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend regardless of preparation.

We encourage participants to suggest future reading topics. Suggestions so far include Max Weber on instrumental rationality, Karl Polanyi on the principle of reciprocity. For questions, suggestions, or help accessing the readings please contact


Giovanola, B. (2009). Re-Thinking the Anthropological and Ethical Foundation of Economics and Business: Human Richness and Capabilities Enhancement. Journal of Business Ethics, 88, 431–444. Link to article on JSTOR

Melé, D. (2012). The Firm as a “Community of Persons”: A Pillar of Humanistic Business Ethos. Journal of Business Ethics, 106, 89–101. Link to article on JSTOR

This event is sponsored by the Institute for Ethics in Business at Duquesne University.