Humanistic Management Workshop

A Matter of Dignity: An Innovative Approach to Human-Centered Management

“The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will not occur because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human.”
—John Naisbitt

This workshop introduces participants—ideally upper-level leaders in businesses and organizations—to a novel humanistic management paradigm rooted in a state-of-the-art understanding of what human beings need to grow and flourish.

Unlike the traditional economic paradigm, which focuses on profit-driven objectives, the new approach is built upon an understanding of the role that human dignity plays in all of our lives.

With dignity as the cornerstone of the new paradigm, goals and objectives shift from maximization of profits to creating the conditions for human flourishing, human development, and the common good.

Research has shown that profits are positively affected by this new approach, but that is not the core concern. Creating an atmosphere where people feel seen, heard, valued, and respected has an overwhelmingly positive effect on the vitality of an organization. It also affects the well being of its customers and anyone affiliated with the organization.


Workshop dates


Curriculum overview

The workshop introduces the dignity model, which outlines how dignity can be practically applied in any setting.

The focus will be on explicitly outlining what it takes to create a culture of dignity in an organization. It will emphasize the critical role of leadership both in the development of the interpersonal skills necessary to honor dignity and knowledge of the systemic and structural policies necessary to ensure it.

The workshop is broken into five sessions:

Session 1: What is dignity?

  • Common misconceptions
  • State-of-the-art research on dignity

Session 2: The role of leadership—What do leaders need to know?

  • Knowledge of the building blocks of the dignity model
  • Knowledge of the relationship between trust and dignity
  • Understanding of the impact of dignity violations and dignity honoring
  • Knowledge of their own dignity strengths and vulnerabilities

Session 3: Dignity skill-building

  • How to honor dignity
  • How to defend dignity
  • How to take responsibility for violating the dignity of others
  • How to manage conflict with dignity
  • How to proactively prevent conflict

Session 4: How to proactively prevent structural indignities

  • Identifying systemic “dignity hot spots”
  • Assessing policies and procedures from a dignity perspective
  • Assessing relationships outside of the organization from a dignity perspective (customers, supply chain, environment)

Session 5: Dignity and Innovation

  • Using “Hackathon” methodology to analyze a case study that focuses on the application of the humanistic management approach in an organization. The methodology allows participants to co-create innovative solutions using a dignity lens into order to promote a more just, sustainable and dignified environment for all.

Workshop faculty

Michael Pirson, PhD, Director of the Center for Humanistic Management and Associate Professor of Management Systems, Fordham University Gabelli School of Business

Donna Hicks, PhD, Associate, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

How to register

Registration is now closed.

Workshop cost is $850 per person ($500 per person for Fordham alumni). This covers all workshop materials as well as meals.

To enroll or for more information, please contact Michael Pirson at or 857-869-9604.


Phone: 212-636-7301