Why Humanistic Management

Why Humanistic ManagementThis one hour course will provide you with an overview of what a humanistic management paradigm is all about. Presented by Dr. Ernst von Kimakowitz, Director of the Humanistic Management Center.

Cost: Free

Length: 1 hours long

Format: Instructor facilitated self study

Access information: Course access granted at the beginning of each week.

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Continuing Education Credit: 1 hour

You can select an HRCI, SHRM or general certificate option. If you would like to self certify this course for continuing education self study credit, select the general certificate option. See our certifications page for more information.


 Program Description:

This course provides an overview on the why, the how and the what in humanistic management. Humanistic management advocates a paradigm shift towards a more human centered management approach based on three fundamental steps. This approach, developed by the Humanistic Management Center, consists of:

  1. Respect for human dignity in business
  2. Integration of ethics in management decisions
  3. Engagement with stakeholders

Together these steps lead to views on managerial tasks that are better aligned to a role of business in society that is based on shared value creation. Consequently mutually beneficial relationships between business and the communities it works in can flourish protecting human dignity and promoting human wellbeing.

Benefits of this Course:

“This course will strengthen your moral compass and can serve as an entry point to fascinating opportunities for aligning business success with societal value creation.”

– Ernst von Kimakowitz

This course will support HR professionals in gaining a better understanding of the fundamental tenets of a human centered management paradigm. Participants will reach terminological and conceptual clarity on the why the how and the what in humanistic management through a rich combination of research insight and practical, real world examples.

This 1 hour course will provide participants with:

  • An understanding of some of the main challenges we face as a global community
  • An overview of what Humanistic Management means
  • Ways business can better contribute to addressing those challenges

Topics covered include:

  • A global perspective on the (business) world we live in
  • Terminological clarity
  • The main elements of humanistic management
  • Activities that business can engage in to adopt a humanistic management style

What other professionals are saying:

“Good course that really makes you think about what business is all about and who the shareholders really are.” – Candace Brown, Boeing

“This course is very helpful in reminding us that “human” should remain in the forefront of our minds as human resource professionals. Highly recommended!” – Lori Weir, MTU.edu

“I found the information in this course very interesting and refreshing. If we could only get CEOs, Wall Street and business owners to buy into these ideas and put them into practice – this world would be a better place.” – Karen Hebert. Danberry at Inverness

“I would recommend this course to others. I enjoyed the lecture in its entirety. The third and fourth sections of this lecture were well detailed and tied together nicely I took several notes and ideas I will be using for inspiration.” – Brooke Pooley, W. Soule

“I would recommend this course to others. I understood in the intro that these type discussions are shared with various avenues and hope that this message can continue to get to those in a position to be a true change agent.” – Chasity Grauel

“Great lecture … Definitely makes you think about how organizations traditionally approach the way they conduct business and how many flaws there are in that type of thinking.” – Vanessa Mariacher 

Course information:

One hour online program: includes video lesson, handouts and other reading materials. You can study at your own pace but still have access to the instructor to ask questions, interact with your fellow students, and more. All participants will be required to take an online test to receive their certificate of completion.

To participate in this course you will need Internet access and the ability to view youtube style online videos. The course will work on home computers and tablets such as the iPad.

About the Instructor:

Dr. Ernst von KimakowitzDr. Ernst von Kimakowitz is Director of the Humanistic Management Center, a think tank, learning institution and advisory firm promoting business management that protects human dignity and promotes human wellbeing. Complementing his scholarly work, Ernst also lectures at various Universities around the world, consults business and nonprofit organizations and holds and range of board, editorial and reviewer positions. His specializations include humanistic management, corporate responsibility, business and economic ethics, stakeholder engagement and impact investing.


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