Weltethos Institut


9. February 2018

"The Humanization of the Corporation"

In their joint article Martin Reeves (Director of the BCG Henderson Institut), Claudio Chitarro (Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group) and Professor Dierksmeier argue on the necessity of change in the current business culture. Instead of focusing on insular economic models driven by "the narrow goal of maximizing total shareholder returns" they suggest 8 practical steps into a more humanistic and sustainable way of corporate governance. The article "The Humanization of the Corporation" can be found here.

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16. November 2017

Qualitative Freedom and Cosmopolitan Responsibility

Professor Dierksmeier's article in the Humanistic Managament Journal got a permanent open access link.


Today’s global economic system is in need of a global economic ethos of responsibility so as to assure its social and ecological sustainability. Not all ideas of freedom, however, are equally amenable to conceptions of cosmopolitan responsibilities. This article examines how quantitative versus qualitative notions of freedom respectively respond to this challenge. Simply put, quantitative models hinder the integration of responsibility into models of economic rationality whereas qualitative conceptions advance it. As a consequence, efforts to promote a humanistic paradigm of economics and management fare better when oriented at a qualitative idea of freedom. Cast along the lines of a qualitative conception of freedom, corporate responsibility more readily takes on a cosmopolitan dimension apt to meet the needs of the current age of globality.

5. October 2017

Humanistic Management Conference

The 5th Annual Humanistic Management Conference 

A World Ethos for Global Business? 
Cosmopolitan Responsibilities of Management

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’).

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, Southeast 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)

You may find this year´s conference program here.