Rethinking Business from a Humanistic Perspective
The “Humanistic Management” research network gives global perspectives on how to rethink international business and business practices to cover the many challenges humanity faces, such as climate change, international terrorism, social inequality, or the food crisis, taking advantage of globalization forces.
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The book Humanistic Perspectives on International Business and Management, published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2014, included a contribution by Dr. Anabella Davila and Dr. Consuelo García de la Torre, research professors at EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey, and EGADE Business School graduates from the Doctorate in Administration Sciences (DCA)—Dr. Mario Vázquez Maguirre and Dr. Osmar E. Arandia Pérez—, along with Dr. Luis Portales Derbez, a graduate in Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Doctorate in Social Sciences program (DCS); all of the former students made up part of the Humanism and Management Research Group—led by Dr. Consuelo García de la Torre—which today is one of the research topics for EGADE Business School, Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Research and Social Innovation Group.

The book Humanistic Perspectives on International Business and Management, edited by Nathaniel C. Lupton—Associate Professor of Management Systems at Fordham University—and Michael Pirson, director of the “Humanistic Management” Network and associate professor at the same university, gives global perspectives on how to rethink international business and business practices to cover climate change, international terrorism, social inequality, or the food crisis, taking advantage of globalization forces.

Dr. Anabella Davila, a research professor at EGADE Business School, co-authored the chapter "Humanistic Leadership as a Value-Infused Dialogue of Global Leaders and Local Stakeholders" together with IESE professors Carlos Rodríguez-Lluesma and Marta Elvira. This chapter explores how global leaders and local stakeholders can contribute to mutual flourishing through a better understanding of the other's values.

Dr. Consuelo García de la Torre, who wrote the chapter Humanism and Management of the Humanistic Management Network, headquartered in Switzerland, and Dr. Mario Vázquez Maguirre, a DCA alum, wrote the chapter “Indigenous Social Enterprises: A Humanistic Approach to Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation.” By analyzing the Ixtlán social business group, the authors identify the social entrepreneurship mechanisms that allowed for a sustainable solution to poverty and unemployment, as well as mechanisms to commercialize products in international markets. This group of social businesses in southern Mexico has transformed a highly marginalized community into a prosperous ecosystem.

Also, Dr. Osmar E. Arandia Pérez, a DCA, EGADE Business School graduate, and Dr. Luis Portales Derbez, an alumnus of the Doctorate in Social Sciences (DCS) at Tecnológico de Monterrey, co-wrote along with Dr. Consuelo García de la Torre the chapter “Shaping Humanism at the Tecnológico de Monterrey: The Citizen of the Future.” This chapter describes how Tecnológico de Monterrey is integrating the humanistic paradigm into its mission statement, designing an educational, formative model based on humanistic principles. This model is characterized by the guarantee that its graduates not only have knowledge and abilities to compete in global markets but are also aware of national and international socioeconomic realities and are able to act from an ethical perspective focused on citizens.