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God’s Participatory Vision of a Global Symphony: Catholic Business Leaders Integrating Talents through Dispute and Shared Decision System Design

Mariana Hernandez-Crespo Gonstead () and Rachana Chhin ()
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Mariana Hernandez-Crespo Gonstead: University of St. Thomas School of Law
Rachana Chhin: University of St. Thomas School of Law

Humanistic Management Journal, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, No 6, 85-103

Abstract: Abstract As integrators of talents, Catholic family business leaders are strategically positioned to leverage the unique differences of their workforce. Business literature currently emphasizes participatory leadership as best practice. Participatory leadership is insufficient, however, because increasing the number of voices in the decision-making process may lead to higher levels of conflict or disengagement if the voices are disregarded. This paper proposes that the Catholic Social Teaching concepts of subsidiarity and solidarity provide the guiding principles to integrate participation because together they can account for all stakeholders while advancing business goals. To operationalize these principles, this paper suggests that the dispute resolution field has developed analytical frameworks to assess and reimagine current policies, procedures, and culture for dispute resolution (Dispute Systems Design) and shared decision making (Shared Decision System Design). Ultimately, businesses are the training ground to prepare citizens to participate in the public square and contribute to the common good.

Keywords: Conflict Resolution; Conflict Management; Shared Decision System Design; Dispute System Design; Decision-Making; Alternative Dispute Resolution; Participation; Participatory Leadership; Catholic Social Teaching; Subsidiarity; Solidarity; Family Businesses; Governance; Management; Engagement; Integrative Bargaining; Negotiation based on Values; Interdependence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-019-00073-7

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