Humanistic deficit

Il Dean della IESE  ripropone una visione umanistica dell’impresa con una riflessione autocritica sulle business schools:

“The humanistic deficit. In many schools, faculty members see firms as organizations whose social purpose is to maximize profits for shareholders, and align executive pay to economic performance. Unfortunately, these theories have displaced some higher ideals in the business world
and the force of pragmatism in getting results has become the dominant paradigm.
The claim that people are important is stronger than ever; but in practice, many decisions are taken without considering their impact on people. Today, we have management models completely void of human presence, where decision making happens in a mechanical way and incentives shape
the motivations of the agents.
At the beginning of the 20th century, prominent business people had the perception that companies had a social purpose, beyond making money. As a matter of fact, the foundation of schools such as Harvard and IESE is rooted in the conviction that educating business leaders in a rigorous, ethical way is important for the good of society.”