A World Ethos for Global Business? Cosmopolitan Responsibilities of Management

hosted by Weltethos-Institut Tuebingen / Humanistic Management Network

Weltethos-Institut Tuebingen, Germany

Start: Thursday, 05 Oct 2017 09:00

End: Friday, 06 Oct 2017 14:30

  • 5th Annual Humanistic Management Conference


    A World Ethos for Global Business?
    Cosmopolitan Responsibilities of Management

    We have a world economy but no world government; nor can we expect, at least in the foreseeable future, a system of decentralized global governance with sufficient sanctioning powers to enforce legal mandates for business worldwide. For this reason alone, the ethical dimension of business cannot be entrusted solely to the law. Globalized markets would seem to require an underlying ‘ethos’, present to some degree the world over: a common spirit of legitimate, just, and fair business practice substantiated by shared experience. As managers and economic decision-makers, however, are increasingly operating within multi-cultural settings with divergent social customs and conventions, no ‘one size fits all’ approach will do. While on the one hand the growing need for transnational cooperation accentuates the call for a shared ‘world ethos’ for the global business community, on the other hand any proposal in that direction must make room for the need for the diversity and divergence of culture and civilization.

    At the fifth annual Humanistic Management Conference, to be held at the University of Tuebingen’s Weltethos-Institut, we aim to address this dual need by investigating from various cultural perspectives: 1) how a world ethos for global business  could be variously articulated and promoted (‘theory’); 2)  the extent to which such an ethos is already present in contemporary globalized business (‘practice’); and 3) what civil society around the world can do to support the efforts of  (esp. multinational) corporations in this direction (‘policy’).



    9:00 - 9:15        Introductory Remarks
                              Claus DIERKSMEIER,
     Weltethos-Institut, University of Tuebingen

                              Micheal PIRSON, Fordham University

    9:15 - 10:00      Panel I  – Principles / Theory

                              Klaus LEISINGER, Professor of Sociology, University of Basel
                              “A World Ethos as a Compass for Managers? Thoughts on
                               the Practical Application of a Philosophical Concept”

    10:00 - 12:00     Discussion Panel I

                              FAN Heping, Southeast University, World Ethics Institute Beijing
                              “The Transformation of China's Ethical Landscape: Challenges for
                               Contemporary Business“

                              Christopher GOHL, Weltethos-Institut, University of Tuebingen
                              “Weltethos: A Disposition to Trust and Innovate Productively and Prudently”

                              John DALLA COSTA, Centre for Ethical Orientation
                              “INFORMING CONSCIENCE FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: Principles & Possibilities
                               for Applying Global Ethics to Machine Learning"
                              Moderation: Jonathan KEIR, KSG Foundation

    12:00 - 13:00     Lunch Break

    13:00 - 14:00     Workshops

    14:00 - 14:30     Coffee Break

    14:30 - 16:00     Panel II - Practice

                               Friedrich GLAUNER, Weltethos-Institut, University of Tuebingen
                               “Corporate Wellbeing, Global Ethos and the Riddle of Values. Remarks on
                               the Logics of Future Viable Enterprise“

                               Tracey GILMORE, The Clothing Bank
                               “‘Establishing Common Ground for Common Good’. A values driven
                               approach to collaboration."

                               ​Achenyo IDACHABA, MitiMeth
                               “Social Responsibility: A Business Imperative“

                               Moderation: Christopher GOHL, Weltethos-Institut

    16:00 - 16:30     Coffee Break

    16:30 - 17:30     Workshops

    17:30 - 18:00     Wrap up

    18:30                 Networking Dinner



    9:00 – 9:15       Introduction and Recap of Previous Day
                              Michael PIRSON, Fordham University

    9.15 – 10:45      Panel III – Policy / Media

                              Andreas SUCHANEK, Leipzig Graduate School of Management
                              "Focal Points for Social Cooperation"

                              Lia POLOTZEK, agora42
                              "Humanistic Management needs accountability mechanism"

                              Louis KLEIN, European School of Governance
                              "'It's the economy, stupid' - Lessons from the 'Capitalism Tribunal'"

                              Moderation: Christopher GOHL, Weltethos-Institut

    10:45 – 11:15    Coffee Break

    11:15 - 12:15     Workshops

    12:15 - 12:45     Wrap Up

    12:45 - 13:30     Lunch (Catering)

    13:30                 Public Keynote Speech
                              Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Otfried Höffe
        “A World Republic - for Business?"

    15:00                 End of Conference


    Sponsoring Organizations

    Weltethos-Institut Tuebingen, http://www.weltethos-institut.org/institut/

    Weltethos-Institut Tuebingen is sponsored by
    Karl Schlecht Stiftung, http://www.ksfn.de/

    Fordham University, https://www.fordham.edu/

    International Humanistic Management Association, http://humanisticmanagement.international/

    Humanistic Management Network, http://www.humanetwork.org/


    The Organizers

    Michael Pirson, Director at the Center for Humanistic Management at Fordham University, http://www.fordham.edu/info/22941/full-time_faculty/4842/michael_pirson

    Claus Dierksmeier, Director at the Weltethos-Institut Tuebingen, http://www.weltethos-institut.org/institut/institutsleitung/weltethos-institut-vita-prof-dr-claus-dierksmeier/

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    Event venue address

    Hintere Grabenstraße 26 72070 Tübingen Germany
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