This Special Issue is organized around general levels of analysis. We begin at the systemic level of analysis, followed by pieces that focus more on organizational-level topics. Our final pieces address individual-level concepts. Thus, the issue starts broad and narrows its focus throughout the issue. We are grateful to have an elite set of international thought leaders as our contributors.
Our opening piece is co-authored by Chris Laszlo, Sandra Waddock, Anil Maheshwari, Giorgia Nigri, and Julia Storberg-Walker. Their article, “Quantum worldviews: How science and spirituality are converging to transform consciousness for meaningful solutions to wicked problems”, emphasizes the transformation of worldviews for addressing the societal challenges facing the world. They invite us to contemplate different ways of knowing by synthesizing insights from science and spirituality. A quantum way of thinking can assist leaders in developing a new consciousness necessary for devising imaginative solutions to social and environmental issues.
The next article, “Seven principles for seven generations: Moral boundaries for transformational change”, takes an aspirational approach for reaching a more sustainable life by reframing how societal institutions and organizations interact with their social and natural environment. Nuno Guimaraes Da Costa, Gerard Farias, David Wasieleski, and Anthony Annett offer a set of seven principles for present and future generations that establish moral boundary zones for business and society. The authors argue that if these moral boundaries illustrated in their model are not violated, a more socially and environmentally sustainable world is possible.
Moving to a more organizational-level frame, Harry Hummels, Matt Lee, Patrick Nullens, Renato Ruffini, and Jennifer Hancock discuss how to align business grammar with a grammar associated with love. In “The future on love and business organizing: An agenda for growth and affirmation of people and the environment”, the authors argue that the concepts of business and love are not dualities, but rather, can be integrated into a concept of love in business. Their essay translates the concept of love that business managers can understand and utilize for a more responsible management approach.
Tae Wan Kim, Fabrizio Maimone, Katherina Pattit, Alejo Jose Sison, and Benito Lopez Teehankee present a piece that addresses the growing issue of artificial intelligence in business organizations and society. Their article, “Master and slave: The dialectic of human-artificial intelligence engagement” speaks to transformative change by arguing that humans must remain the masters of AI, rather than having machines and technological advances hold dominion over human beings. As AI has become a ubiquitous issue in society, this important work examines how human flourishing can be achieved through proper human-artificial intelligence engagement.
Next, Reut Livne-Tarandach, Erica Steckler, Jennifer Leigh, and Sara Wheeler-Smith reimagine the workplace for achieving social justice and limiting human suffering. “Cultivating organizations as healing spaces: A typology for responding to suffering and advancing social justice” is motivated by countless historical inequities in society. This article takes a trans-disciplinary perspective by integrating research from multiple different fields for the generation of a holistic definition of healing that enables organizations to become spaces that limit suffering. Their work presents a typology for responding to social injustices harm to individuals. The identification and synthesis of four perspectives on healing in this article demonstrates how healing may be enabled at different levels of analysis.
Combining also organizational and individual levels of analysis, “People mattering at work: A humanistic management perspective” uses humanistic management and humanistic psychology as drivers of ensuring that people are valued and matter in organizations. Utilizing a dignity framework, Anne Matheson, PJ Dillon, Manuel Guillen, and Clark Warner include moral and spiritual aspects of lived human experiences to help managers understand what it means for individuals to matter at work and have a more fulfilling experience. Thus, they address transformative change on how organizational contexts are conceived and how they can be re-envisioned.
The following article focuses on how humanistic management can be applied within a fascinating industry, tourism. Maria Della Lucia, Frederic Dimanche, Ernestina Giudici, Blanca Carmago, and Anke Winchenbach try to transform and improve higher education programs in tourism in “Enhancing tourism education: The contribution of humanistic management.” Given tourism’s prominent role in the global economy, the authors offer a values-based, humanistic tourism for protecting societal well-being. They explain best-practice models for educating current and future managers and offer pedagogical suggestions for transforming higher education to enable more responsible management.
Finally, our Special Issue closes with another piece that is motivated by transforming business education through the adoption of mindfulness practices in organizations. Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Lemuel Watson, and Elizabeth King conduct an extensive set of interviews and share personal experiences on how to include generative mindfulness in executive development. “How generative mindfulness can contribute to inclusive workplaces” shows how humanistic management principles incorporated in executive education can lead to the adoption of more inclusive workplace environments.
Beyond this particular Special Issue, IHMA will continue to strive to protect human dignity and promote well-being in all walks of life. This issue represents only one attempt at generating a forum for addressing holistic, global issues. This conversation for enacting transformative change in our systems must continue. We look forward to future thought leadership efforts to instill a more humanistic world.