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The Humanistic Management Network and the Weltethos-Institut are announcing:

The 5th Annual Humanistic Management Conference 

A World Ethos for Global Business?
Cosmopolitan Responsibilities of Management

05 - 06 October 2017
Weltethos-Institut, University of Tuebingen

We have a world economy but no world government; nor can we expect, at least in the foreseeable future, a system of decentralized global governance with sufficient sanctioning powers to enforce legal mandates for business worldwide. For this reason alone, the ethical dimension of business cannot be entrusted solely to the law. Globalized markets would seem to require an underlying ‘ethos’, present to some degree the world over: a common spirit of legitimate, just, and fair business practice substantiated by shared experience. As managers and economic decision-makers, however, are increasingly operating within multi-cultural settings with divergent social customs and conventions, no ‘one size fits all’ approach will do. While on the one hand the growing need for transnational cooperation accentuates the call for a shared ‘world ethos’ for the global business community, on the other hand any proposal in that direction must make room for the need for the diversity and divergence of culture and civilization. At the fifth annual Humanistic Management Conference, to be held at the University of Tuebingen’s Weltethos-Institut, we aim to address this dual need by investigating from various cultural perspectives: 1) how a world ethos for global business  could be variously articulated and promoted (‘theory’); 2)  the extent to which such an ethos is already present in contemporary globalized business (‘practice’); and 3) what civil society around the world can do to support the efforts of  (esp. multinational) corporations in this direction (‚policy’).

Confirmed speakers are:
John Dalla Costa (Centre for Ethical Orientation, Toronto)
Tracey Gilmore (The Clothing Bank)
Friedrich Glauner (
Weltethos-Institut, Tuebingen)
Christopher Gohl (
Weltethos-Institut, Tuebingen)
Fan Heping (World Ethics Institute Beijing, South East University)
Achenyo Idachaba (MitiMeth)

Klaus Leisinger (University of Basel)
Lia Polotzek (agora42)
Louis Klein (European School of Governance)
Andreas Suchanek (Leipzig Graduate School of Management, Wittenberg Center for Global Ethics)

Public Keynote Speech: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Otfried Höffe on "A World Republic - for Business?"
Friday 6 Oct at 1:30 PM (free entrance)

To register for the conference, please visit: www.xing-events.com/WorldEthos_GlobalBusiness

In case of further questions, please contact: schirovsky[at]weltethos-institut.org

You may find this year´s conference program here.

CONFERENCE:

The Humanistic Management Network, the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), the Leading for Well-Being Consortium and Fordham University are announcing:

The 4th Annual Humanistic Management Conference

Freedom & Responsibility: 
Leading for Well-Being

13-14 October 2016
Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute) at the University of Tuebingen, Germany

Due to numerous business scandals in the last years, the corporate ‘license to operate’ – the freedom of business – has come increasingly under scrutiny. At the same time, calls for more economic responsibility abound: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the United Nations, and the OECD are demanding economic policies and business strategies no longer only directed to wealth accumulation but also promoting higher levels of human wellbeing. The conference wants to contribute to this renegotiation of the relationship between economic freedom and responsibility. 

Honorary Lecturer: Jeffrey D. Sachs
Speaker: Christopher Albrigo, Anthony Annett, Georges Blanc, Claus Dierksmeier, Christian Felber, Ernst von Kimakowitz, Chris Laszlo, Hunter Lovins, Michael Pirson, Jürgen Volkert, Andrew Winston, Maurizio Zollo

The Humanistic Management Network will host a preparatory academic paper development workshop on October 12 for selected papers. 

Please register for this conference via the following link: www.xing-events.com/freedom_responsibility

Registration for the preparatory paper development workshop opens on 1 June 2016 when the selection of abstracts is completed and the authors notified. A workshop and conference package is available from 1 June 2016 onwards.

You may find this year’s conference program here.
We look forward to welcoming you in Tuebingen!

In case of further questions, please contact: schirovsky[at]weltethos-institut.org

Sponsoring Organizations

Fordham University
www.fordham.edu

Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), Tuebingen
www.weltethos-institut.org

Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), Tuebingen
Is sponsored by Karl Schlecht Stifrung
www.ksfn.de

Humanistic Management Network
www.humanetwork.org

Leading for Well-Being Consortium

 

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CALL FOR PAPERS

Freedom & Responsibility:
Leading for Wellbeing

 

The Humanistic Management Network invites to a Preparatory Paper Development Workshop on „Freedom & Responsibility: Leading for Well-Being“ to be held in Tübingen, Germany, at the Global Ethic Institute (Weltethos-Institut), on 12 October 2016 for selected papers.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers from academia and management practice to present their research, to benefit from peer-to-peer feedback and to receive information regarding the publishing process.

To support the exploration of the Freedom and Responsibility nexus as well as the emanating perspectives towards an economy for well-being we invite you to

  1. Submit a paper for a special issue in the Humanistic Management Journal as well as a special volume in the Humanism and Business series with Palgrave Mcmillan. 
  2. Join our 4th Annual Humanistic Management Conference which will take place on 13-14 October 2016 at the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute) in Tübingen, Germany.

The conference will feature

  • Christopher Albrigo
  • Anthony Annett
  • Georges Blanc
  • Claus Dierksmeier (Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute))
  • Christian  Felber (Universities of Vienna and Graz, Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie)
  • Ernst von Kimakowitz (Humanistic Management Center)
  • Chris Laszlo (Weatherhead School of Management)
  • Hunter Lovins (Bard School of Management, Club of Rome)
  • Michael Pirson (Fordham University) 
  • Jeffrey D. Sachs (Earth Institute, Columbia University)
  • Jürgen Volkert (Hochschule Pforzheim)
  • Andrew Winston (Author of „The Big Pivot“)
  • Maurizio Zollo

1. Conceptual thoughts
The idea of freedom has been pivotal for the development of modern capitalism. The socially and economically emancipated individual, the open market and the modern corporation, based upon voluntary work contracts and cooperation, have all become synonymous with the concept of a free and open society. Yet, while in classical freedom philosophies, the notions of individual and institutional liberty are closely connected to their respective moral and social responsibilities, within the realm of economics the relationship between freedom and responsibility has been examined far less. This may have to do with the fact that certain strands of freedom theory (namely the ones espoused by the Mont Pelerin Society and the Chicago School of Economics) have long since dominated the discourse within business and economics departments, emphasizing much more the importance of choice than of its ethical orientation and constraints. 

In the last years, however, business scandals have led to increased questioning of the corporate license to operate. In step with an ever more acutely felt lack of social and environmental sustainability, the very freedom of corporations to do business the way they see fit, is coming under scrutiny. Not incidentally, the United Nations and the OECD, for instance, have recently called for new economic policies directed to higher levels of human wellbeing rather than sheer material wealth. These demands find their correlate in the work on part of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to realize crucial sustainability goals worldwide. Geared to a qualitative optimization of options for all rather than at the quantitative maximization of choice for some, through such efforts the dimension of responsibility implicit in the idea of freedom is increasingly being explicated. The Humanistic Management Network has decided to center its annual conference on the theme “Freedom & Responsibility / Leading for Wellbeing” so as to examine which conceptions of freedom prove most apt to bring about a life-conducive economy at service to all humans. 

2. Relevant Topics
Topics and questions that can be developed in papers to be considered for publication in either outlet (HMJ/ Edited Volume) can center around but are not limited to:

  • Conceptual deliberations on freedom notions that allow for responsibility in a wider societal sense
  • The connection between money and freedom including the latest developments with digital currencies
  • The prerogative of environmental sustainability and freedom or absence of it
  • The challenges and opportunities of ongoing digitalization and freedom or privacy
  • The role of business and freedom of entrepreneurial activity in a world in need of responsibility
  • The role of the state, government and governance in freedom-based society

3. Submission Details
All submissions should be written in Word, using 12pt font with double line spacing and 1” margins. Please include a title page (not included in word count), including your name, institution, and contact information. All submissions should be sent to Hanna Schirovsky: schirovsky[at]weltethos-institut.org

4. Important Dates
May 15th, 2016: Extended Deadline Abstract Submission (500-1000 words)
Until June 1st, 2016: Selection of abstracts completed and authors notified
Sept 1st, 2016: Deadline First Full Draft Papers Submission
October 12th, 2016: Preparatory Paper Development Workshop

5. PDW Chairs and Organizers
Prof. Dr. Michael Pirson, Prof. Fordham University New York, Editor-in-Chief of The Humanistic Management Journal

Prof. Dr. Claus Dierksmeier, Prof. Univ. of Tübingen and Director at the Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), Academic Director of the Humanistic Management Center, Associated Editor of The Humanistic Management Journal

6. Literature
Balaban, Oded und Anan Erev, The Bounds of Freedom: About the Eastern and Western Approaches to Freedom, New York 1995.
Bauman, Zygmunt, Freedom, Milton Keynes 1988.
Bay, Christian, The Structure of Freedom, Stanford, California 1970.
Berlin, Isaiah, Liberty: Incorporating Four Essays on Liberty, Oxford 2002.
Christman, John, »Saving Positive Freedom«, in: Political Theory, 33, 1 (2005): 79-88.
Dahrendorf, Ralf, The Modern Social Conflict: The Politics of Liberty, New Brunswick, New Jersey 2008.
Dierksmeier, Claus: Reframing Economic Ethics. Philosophical Foundations of Humanistic Management, 2016a.
Dierksmeier, Claus: Qualitative Freiheit. Selbstbestimmung in weltbürgerlicher Verantwortung, 2016b.
Dierksmeier, Claus, »The Freedom–Responsibility Nexus in Management Philosophy and Business Ethics«, in: Journal of Business Ethics, 101, 2 (2011): 263-283.
Dierksmeier, Claus und Michael Pirson, »The Modern Corporation and the Idea of Freedom«, in: Philosophy of Management, 9, No. 3 (2010a): 5-25.
Dierksmeier,Claus »Welche Freiheit?«, in: Liberal, Vierteljahreshefte für Politik und Kultur, 4 (2010b): 9-13.
Dierksmeier, Claus, »Qualitative oder quantitative Freiheit?«, in: Rechtsphilosophische Hefte, 12 (2007): 107-119.
Fischer, David Hacket, Liberty and Freedom: A Visual History of America’s Founding Ideas, Oxford 2004.
Flikschuh, Katrin, Freedom: Contemporary Liberal Theory, Cambridge, United Kingdom 2007.
Hayek, Friedrich August von, The Constitution of Liberty, Chicago 1960.
Hirschmann, Nancy J., The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom, Princeton, New Jersey 2003.
Kristjánsson, Kristján, Social Freedom: The Responsibility View, Cambridge, England; New York 1996.
Lakoff, George, Whose Freedom? The Battle over America’s Most Important Idea, New York 2006.
MacGilvray, Eric, The Invention of Market Freedom, New York 2011.
Mill, John Stuart, On Liberty and Other Essays, herausgegben von: John Gray, Oxford; New York 1991.
Parijs, Philippe van, Real Freedom for All: What (If Anything) Can Justify Capitalism?, Oxford; New York 1995.
Pettit, Philip, A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency, Oxford; New York 2001.
Raz, Joseph, The Morality of Freedom, Oxford 1986.
Sen, Amartya, Development as Freedom, New York 1999.
Sen, Amartya, Rationality and Freedom, Cambridge, Massachusetts; London 2002.
Taylor, Charles, »What’s Wrong with Negative Liberty?«, in: Charles Taylor (ed.), Philosophical Papers, Bd. 2, Cambrigde UK 1985.

7. Further Information

Please register for this conference via the following link: www.xing-events.com/freedom_responsibility.
Registration for the preparatory paper development workshop opens on 1 June 2016 when the selection of abstracts is completed and the authors notified. A workshop and conference package is available from 1 June 2016 onwards.

*** Please note that early bird rates apply until 31 August 2016 ***

You may find this year’s conference program here.
We look forward to welcoming you in Tuebingen!

In case of further questions, please contact: schirovsky[at]weltethos-institut.org

Sponsoring Organizations

Fordham University
www.fordham.edu

Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), Tuebingen
www.weltethos-institut.org

Weltethos-Institut (Global Ethic Institute), Tuebingen
is sponsored by Karl Schlecht Stiftung
www.ksfn.de

Humanistic Management Network
www.humanetwork.org

Leading for Well-Being Consortium

 

19. July 2015

CALL FOR PAPERS: Prudent Business: Practical Wisdom for Managers

CALL FOR PAPERS: PRUDENT BUSINESS: PRACTICAL WISDOM FOR MANAGERS

We are currently accepting submissions for a Paper Development Workshop on„Prudent Business: Practical Wisdom for Managers“ to be held in Tübingen, Germany, at the Global Ethic Institute (Weltethos-Institut), on 7 October 2015. Workshop participants are also invited to register for the 3rd Annual Humanistic Management conference, which will take place on 8-9 October 2015.

The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for researchers from academia and management practice to present their research, to benefit from peer-to-peer feedback and to receive information regarding the publishing process.

For more information, please click here.

 

19. July 2015

CONFERENCE – Prudent Business: Practical Wisdom for Managers

 

The Humanistic Management Network, the Global Ethic Institute, Fordham University and the University of Ingolstadt-Eichstaett invite you to the 3rd Annual Humanistic Management Conference entitled: "Prudent Business: Practical Wisdom for Managers". The conference will take place at the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen on 8-9 October 2015.

 

In light of the many crises confronting humanity today, we must apply sustainable management practices that unite the interests of people, planet, and profits. But how can we manage our businesses and business acitvities better and more prudently? This year's 3rd Annual Humanistic Management Conference will explore the notion of prudence together with the idea of practical wisdom and how these can be helpful in addressing contemporary problems regarding the moral, social, and ecological sustainability of business. We invite policy practitioners, consultants, academics and business owners to examine the convergence of principles and profits with our reputed guests: Hunter Lovins (Club of Rome), Ted Malloch (Said Business School),Marcello Palazzi (B Lab/B Corp Europe) and Alexander Insam (KPMG).

For more information, please click here.

2. February 2015

Another State of Mind

"Another State of Mind: Perspectives from Wisdom Traditions on Management and Business" beantwortet die Frage: Wie kann man angesichts drängender Probleme auf der Welt heute weise handeln? Unter anderem WEIT-Forscher Prof. Claus Dierksmeier und Katharina Hoegl gehen dem nach. Das Buch, herausgegeben von Robert Blomme und Bertine van Hoof, ist iEnde 2014 bei Palgrave Macmillan erschienen.

www.palgrave.com/page/detail/another-state-of-mind-robert-j-blomme/

12. June 2014

Konferenz des "European Business Ethics Network"

Keynote von Claus Dierksmeier zu Freiheit und Menschenwürde als spezifisch europäischer Ansatz der Wirtscahftsethik auf der zentralen Ethikkonferenz der Wirtschaft in Europa

Prof. Claus Dierksmeier und Dr. Christopher Gohl haben am 12.-14. Juni 2014 an der jährlichen Konferenz des European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) an der European School of Management and Technology in Berlin teilgenommen. Die Konferenz begann mit einem Panel „Post 2015 - Global Goals, European Challenges and Solutions“, an dem WEIT-Beiratsmitglied Prof. Klaus Leisinger teilnahm und an die Bedeutung des Projekts Weltethos für die Wirtschaft erinnerte. Prof. Claus Dierksmeier hatte die Ehre auf Einladung des Vorsitzenden des Vorstands des Deutschen Netzwerks Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE), Prof. Josef Wieland, am Abschlusstag die Keynote „Global Stakeholders and Cultural Diversity - Future Challenges for Business“ zu halten. Dierksmeier sprach über die Werte Freiheit und Menschenwürde als Erbe und Verpflichtung europäischer Geistesgeschichte und zeigte auf, welche Rolle diese Werte im Unternehmensalltag spielen können. Der Vortrag stieß auf große Resonanz und steht hier zum download verfügbar.
In den Workshop-Runden hatte Dr. Gohl Gelegenheit, seine Überlegungen zur Tugendethik im Hinblick auf „Responsible Innovation“ zu präsentieren. Die Resonanz darauf war so fruchtbar, dass jetzt ein Workshop zu diesen Überlegungen an der Universität Wageningen geplant wird.

9. October 2014

Dignity and Business: The role of human rights and human responsibilities

Welche Rolle spielen Menschenrechte und Menschenwürde im Unternehmen? Wie können Unternehmen Menschenrechte schützen und menschliches Wohlbefinden fördern?

Am 9.-10. Oktober 2014 veranstaltet das Weltethos-Institut in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Humanistic Management Network und der Fordham University in New York eine interaktive zwei-tägige Konferenz zum Thema „Dignity and Business: The role of human rights and human responsibilities“ am Weltethos-Institut in Tübingen. Namhafte Experten aus Wissenschaft, Unternehmenspraxis und Politik werden dabei ihre Erfahrungen schildern, die in interaktiven Workshops gemeinsam zu Lösungsansätzen weiterentwickelt werden. Die Arbeitssprache ist Englisch.