Michael Andreas Pirson

Michael Andreas Pirson
Fordham University · Gabelli School of Business

Ph.D.
Spreading the ideas of humanistic management

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September 2012 - August 2020
Fordham University
Position
  • Managing Director
August 2008 - August 2013
Fordham University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2008 - present
Education
August 2005 - July 2008
Harvard University
Field of study
  • Psychology/ Social Entrepreneurship
November 2002 - May 2007
University of St.Gallen
Field of study
  • Management

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Publications (179)
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Academy of Management Symposium 2021 on Capitalism, the Purpose of Business and Business Schools PANELLISTS Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder of B Lab and CEO of Imperative 21 Raj Sisodia, co-founder of Conscious Capitalism Charles Wookey, co-founder and CEO of A Blueprint for Better Business, Gerry George, former Dean of SMU Lee Kong Chian School of B...
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In this article, we present the results of an evaluation of a new paradigm for the undergraduate “Introduction to Management” course. Included is an overview of the basic principles of the pedagogy, the learning objectives of the course, and the process of evaluating those goals and outcomes. We developed a course that integrated the Jesuit values...
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The emergence of innovative business models suggests that the foundational assumptions of competitive capitalism are increasingly in doubt. Business schools, however, appear to be followers rather than leaders in this historical moment of social change. While consumers and businesses are experimenting with new models of capitalism, business schools...
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A clear definition of capitalism should be a building block for any conversation about working alternatives. In this chapter I am exploring the different definitions of capitalism that have been forwarded and highlight the difficulty in establishing such clarity. I then propose understanding capitalism as a metaphor and highlight the contentious di...
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Why has responsible management been so difficult and why is the chorus of stakeholders demanding such responsibility getting louder? We argue that management learning has been framed within the narrative of economism. As such, we argue that managers need to be aware of the paradigmatic frame of the dominant economistic narrative and learn to transc...
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In contrast to the notion of value creation as the focus for social innovation, we present a dignity-based approach to management that illuminates the potential inherent in value recognition and value restoration. We describe Greyston’s open hiring practices as a leading example of dignity-based organizing designed to lower the barrier to employmen...
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In this paper we advance inquiry into human dignity in relation to the theory and practice of social entrepreneurship and innovation in a two-fold manner. First, we explore how concepts from the literatures of human dignity and humanistic management can inform and enrich social entrepreneurship and innovation. Second, we examine case studies of soc...
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The author and other scholars believe that therefore the humanities have a huge contribution to make to a renewed understanding of management and business (Dierksmeier, 2016; Lawrence & Pirson, 2015). A first contribution centers on the age old question of who we are as human beings; or put more crudely: the question of human nature. A second contr...
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In this chapter I argue that a humanistic perspective on management can help inform research and practice of responsible management. I argue that the underlying ontology of the dominant, economistic paradigm is limiting our understanding of responsibility. I further posit that a broader humanistic ontology can better inform what responsible managem...
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The notion of dignity as that which has intrinsic value has arguably been neglected in economics and management despite its societal importance and eminent relevance in other social sciences. While management theory gained parsimony, this paper argues that the inclusion of dignity in the theoretical precepts of management theory will: (a) improve m...
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Humanistic management practices are often perceived as ‘unrealistic’, as they stand in steep contrast to ‘normal’ business reality shaped by the commercial logic of neoclassic economics. The conceptual lens of performative practices focuses on how practices that appear to be unrealistic can be ‘made real’ through their enactment. This paper studies...
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In assembly of short responses, noted scholars—including former presidents of the Academy of Management (AOM)—share their perspectives on the events related to AOM leadership following EO13769. The pieces are reflections on the micro-level aspects of leadership and the ethical and moral choices therein.
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Humanistic management practices are often perceived as 'unrealistic', as they stand in steep contrast to 'normal' business reality shaped by the commercial logic of neoclassic economics. The conceptual lens of performative practices focuses on how practices that appear to be unrealistic can be 'made real' through their enactment. This paper studies...
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This article outlines the development of a 14-item measure of socio-cognitive mindfulness. Using eight samples (including multisource and multi-wave data) with a total of 4139 responses the authors developed a reliable scale with a tri-dimensional factor structure that replicated across five separate samples. The scale possessed both convergent and...
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In this paper, I am examining the foundational assumptions of human nature (ontology) that guide current corporate governance and strategy. I question these assumptions based on the latest findings from the sciences and propose an alternative, humanistic ontology. This ontology allows us to understand human dignity and well-being based on four inde...
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Management theory and practice are facing unprecedented challenges posed by the amount of suffering induced and caused by the recent financial crisis, increasing social inequity, the worldwide spread of terrorism, and the consequences of climate change (Hart 2005, p. 61; Prahalad 2005; Senge 2008). Spiritual figures such as the Dalai Lama and Pope...
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This book presents some of the latest thinking on dignity and organizations. It focuses on the conceptualization of dignity within organizational contexts and explores practices that either undermine, deny, remedy, or protect human dignity. While this book presented a short glimpse into ongoing research, it hopes to spark more such research. While...
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The world is going through major upheaval and many people feel drawn to despair (Pirson 2017). As George Monbiot 1 and others suggest our current problems, as intractable as they may seem, rather point to our lack of imagination. It looks like we are experiencing the phase preceding a major paradigm shift and all the crises that go along with it (K...
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Declining levels of stakeholder trust in business are of concern to business executives and scholars for legitimacy- and performance-related effects. Research in the area of stakeholder trust in business is nascent; therefore, the trust formation process has been rarely examined at the stakeholder level. Furthermore, the role of personal values as...
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Durante mucho tiempo, el capitalismo ha tenido una mala reputación, y no solamente en los países con tendencia comunista. El discurso público en continentes tales como Latinoamérica y África ha sido muy crítico respecto al modelo de negocio anglo sajón. Sin embargo, lo novedoso, es que con el nuevo milenio, el descontento con el capitalismo parece...
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We sketch out two basic paradigms informing banking practice: the economistic paradigm focusing on profit maximization and the humanistic one, serving the common good. We then highlight paradigmatic cases to explore how each of these business models fared during the quasi-natural experiment of the financial crisis. We find that many humanistic bank...
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After a brief historical introduction, three interpretations of dignity in relation to management theory and business ethics are elaborated: Dignity as a general category, Human Dignity as Inherent and Universal, and Human Dignity as Earned and Contingent. Next, two literature reviews are presented under the headings of “Dignity and Business Resear...
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Public trust in business, defined as the degree to which the public—meaning society at large—trusts business in general, is largely understudied. This article suggests four domains of existing trust research from which scholars of public trust in business can draw. The authors then propose four main hypotheses, which aim to predict the determinants...
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Humanistic management is a paradigm focusing on organizational practices that protect human dignity and promote human well-being. It differs from the economistic paradigm in that it embraces the distinction between goods that can be exchanged and those things in life that are priceless and cannot be (Pirson and Dierksmeier 2014; Pirson and Lawrence...
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This article explores how both corporate governance and corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be improved by using insights from complexity theory. Complexity theory reveals that decentralized governance architecture is required for firms to absorb competently the increased intricacies, variety of variables, and objectives introduced by CSR. Th...
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This study explores how contingency misfit can possibly be compensated. The paper particularly focuses on stakeholder enactment as a dynamic adaptation mechanism to overcome configurational misfit. By analyzing data from 238 firms located in eight countries, our study shows that stakeholder enactment can indeed buffer for contingency misfit. Enactm...
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We sketch out two basic paradigms informing banking practice: the economistic paradigm focusing on profit maximization and the humanistic one, serving the common good. We then highlight paradigmatic cases to explore how each of these business models fared during the quasi-natural experiment of the financial crisis. We conclude by providing lessons...
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The rise of modern corporations has been accompanied by an expansion of salaried executives who have replaced owner-managers. With this expansion, the new class of managers/executives came to regard themselves as stewards of large and complex corporations, and not principally or exclusively as agents for the owners. Emerging as a self- styled ‘prof...
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Conventional economic, business, and management theory have been blamed for systemic ailments of the global economy, from the financial crisis, to global inequality, and human rights abuses. Humanistic management and humanistic business are a growing area of research and of practice application, providing an alternative to the conventional neoclass...
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HUMAN DIGNITY AND BUSINESS - Volume 24 Issue 3 - Michael Pirson, Claus Dierksmeier, Kenneth Goodpaster
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The various crises require a different paradigm for business theory and practice. For this special issue contributors were asked to conceptualize such an alternative paradigm and propose and discuss heretofore unnamed phenomena. We present six contributions from renowned experts in the field that argue for a shift in perspective of management and o...
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Human Dignity and Business - Volume 24 Issue 2 - Michael Pirson, Claus Dierksmeier, Kenneth Goodpaster
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In this symposium five leading management thought leaders will present their perspectives on the future of governance of the Academy of Management itself. Starting off, two former presidents of the Academy of Management (Don Hambrick and Anne Tsui) will represent an internal perspective on how opening governance can help the AOM itself. Then two pu...
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This article outlines the development of a 14-item measure of socio-cognitive mindfulness. Using 8 samples (including multisource and multi-wave data) with a total of 4,139 responses the authors developed a reliable scale with a tri-dimensional factor structure that replicated across 5 separate samples. The scale possessed both convergent and discr...
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Words matter, but some words are seldom used in management discourse— and that gap has important implications for what is and is not considered relevant for research, teaching, and management practice. In particular, we argue that organizational research should connect more directly with other social sciences to update and enlarge its theoretical r...
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Utilitarianism arguably provides the philosophical justification for suboptimal management theory. We provide a historical perspective on the development of management theory from its utilitarian basis, and highlight the missing conceptual link between management theory and human dignity. We argue that the notion of human dignity has been erased fr...
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Cura personalis, homines pro aliis, and magis have long been key themes of Jesuit education. Care for the whole person, men and women for others, or maybe men and women together for others, and excellence—the never ending search for improvement—have been foundation stones upon which many, perhaps all, Jesuit educational institutions have built thei...
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Mindlessness at work has become a global touchstone of mockery and entertainers have enchanted audiences worldwide with comedies featuring mindless managers (including The Office or Office Space). Steve Carell, playing the role of Michael Scott as Regional Manager of a Dunder-Mifflin branch in Scranton, PA epitomizes mindless behavior which is char...
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Drawing on insights from evolutionary psychology and modern neuroscience, this paper highlights propositions about human nature that have far reaching consequences, when applied to leadership. We specifically examine the main factors of human survival and extend them to a model for leadership in the twenty-first century. The discussion concludes wi...
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Utilitarianism arguably provides the philosophical justification for suboptimal management theory. We provide a historical perspective on the development of management theory from its utilitarian basis, and highlight the missing conceptual link between management theory and human dignity. We argue that the notion of human dignity has been erased fr...
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Given almost 50 years of research into the reasoning for poor decision-making, scholars have called for a renewed research effort at determining how we can move from explaining to improving decision making. This ambition presupposes a thorough understanding of the current biases and a focus on overcoming them. In this paper, we are aiming to do bot...
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In line with Zald’s (1993) argument, we suggest that a reconnection with the notion of Kantian dignity would allow organizational research to pursue an “enlightenment” model viewing organizational studies as applied discipline with a goal of public and civic participation, rather than an engineering model pursuing specific problem solving toward pr...
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The world is witnessing a number of severe crises including climate change, rise of international terrorism, social inequities, food shortage, material and spiritual poverty (Hart, 2005; Prahalad, 2005; Senge, 2010). Some argue that globalization has exacerbated these crises (Beck, Sznaider, & Winter, 2003; Inda & Rosaldo, 2008), while others argue...
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A reading of the diverse chapters of this book produces a’ stock-taking’ bricolage or mosaic of thinking that challenges assumptions that have guided marketing for a hundred years. And this is certainly not a linear logical flow from the clear-cut question What is humanistic marketing?’ to a simple singular resolution in a universal definition. Mar...
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The world is witnessing a number of severe crises including climate change, rise of international terrorism, social inequities, food shortage, material and spiritual poverty (Hart, 2005; Prahalad, 2005; Senge, 2010). Some argue that globalization has exacerbated these crises (Beck, Sznaider, & Winter, 2003; Inda & Rosaldo, 2008), while others argue...
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The era of globalization has brought with it previously unimagined material wealth creation and innovation. International business and management scholarship has largely followed this wealth, through its focus on foreign direct investment, global efficiency, scale economies and international dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and technolog...
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Capitalism has long had a bad reputation, and not only in the former communistic countries. The public discourse on continents such as Latin America and Africa has long been very critical of Anglo-Saxon style business. What is novel, however, is that with the new millennium, the discontent with capitalism seems to have become global. Even in Anglo-...
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Given the mounting criticism of the banking sector as corrosive to society, this article is presenting an overview of business models in the banking sector that can reconnect financial services with common good creation. We sketch out two basic paradigms informing banking practice: the economistic paradigm focusing on profit maximization and the hu...
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The era of globalization has brought with it previously unimagined material wealth creation and innovation. International business and management scholarship has largely followed this wealth, through its focus on foreign direct investment, global efficiency, scale economies, and international dissemination state-of-the-art knowledge and technology....
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Peter Drucker is considered one of the leading management thinkers in the 20th century. Before his passing he had written extensively on the Management Challenges in the 21st century. Now that capitalism is in crisis, it is timely to reconsider some of Drucker’s thinking and how it might help address the current problems. In this panel we highlight...
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Capitalism is at a crossroads and the challenges for management in the 21st century are manifold. From climate change, to increasing inequity, social exclusion, poverty and decreasing social trust in business, many agree that managers are witnessing a perfect storm. While many scholars posit that business needs to be rethought and reenacted, in thi...
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Scholarly research streams in the strategic management literature have time and again confirmed the relevance of organization-environment fit for performance (Volberda et al 2011, Burton and Obel 2004, Burton et al. 2008, Ketchen et al. 1997). Configuration misfits between environmental uncertainty, strategy and structure however are only found to...
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Declining levels of stakeholder trust in business are of concern to business executives and scholars for legitimacy and performance related effects. Research in the area of stakeholder trust in business is nascent therefore the trust formation process has been rarely examined at the stakeholder level. Furthermore, the role of personal values as one...
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Management theory and practice are facing unprecedented challenges. The lack of environmental sustainability, the increasing inequity and the continuous decline in societal trust pose a threat to ‘business as usual’ (Jackson & Nelson, 2004, p. 214). It is argued that legitimacy has been lost by irresponsible corporate behavior. A logical step to re...
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This is the introductory section of our forthcoming book on Humanistic Marketing, part of the Palgrave Macmillan Series on Humanistic Management.

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