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Working AlternativesAmerican and Catholic Experiments in Work and Economy$
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John C. Seitz and Christine Firer Hinze

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823288359

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823288359.001.0001

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Working Alternatives

Working Alternatives

From Capitalism to Humanistic Management?

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Working Alternatives

Michael Pirson

Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   common good, dignity, humanistic management, well-being, working alternatives

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