From Capitalism to Humanistic Management?
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 dimensions that have provoked the search for working alternatives: the protection of dignity or intrinsic value as well as the promotion of the well-being or the common good. I then suggest that the way we organize on individual, group, organizational, and societal level can protect intrinsic value and promote the common good, a concept I label humanistic management.
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