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Humanistic Management for Laypeople: the Relational Approach

Giulio Maspero ()
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Giulio Maspero: Pontificia Università della Santa Croce

Humanistic Management Journal, 2020, vol. 5, issue 1, No 3, 25-38

Abstract: Abstract The paper applies Christian Humanism to management highlighting the role of relations in business and the entrepreneurial life. The claim is that such a dimension is important for everybody even from a secular point of view regardless of one’s belief. The first part shows how Biblical tradition inspired a rereading of relation in the first Christian thinkers, who had to recognize it in God. But this made possible to perceive that the relationships can be a real source of being, as the example of a family shows. The thesis proposed is that within every Gesellschaft there is a Gemeinschaft, that is constituted by its relational dimensions, connecting the common good and profit also to relational goods. The second part draws consequences for management, recognizing through the example of the Inner Game three relational dimensions relevant for management: (a) the one interior to the person; (b) the relationships between coworkers; (c) the interaction with the culture of the company. All of them should be considered to improve the Gemeinschaft dimension within the Gesellschaft. The last part of the article explains how Christian Humanism helps also to avoid an idealistic reading of the proposal, which always has to take into account the demands of confrontation with the external system intrinsic to the Gesellschaft, as the very etymology of management reveals.

Keywords: Humanistic management; Relation; Relational goods; Business theology; Gesellschaft; Gemeinschaft (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s41463-020-00088-5

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