1st Edition

Love and Organization Lessons of Love for Human Dignity, Leadership and Motivation

Edited By Michael Pirson Copyright 2022
    348 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    348 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Organizations are not human, but they are made up of people. Examining the organization, functioning, growing and developing and moving together as one unit, the well-being and success of that organization depends on the well-being of people that make it up.

    Love, in its various forms, is the energy that motivates and fuels creativity, care, innovation, progress and well-being. Traditionally, organizational structures have been set up to support compliance and command and control, which often discourages love and creates policies against love at the workplace. The result has been reduced growth, productivity and retention of businesses as well as reduced well-being for employees. This reduced connectivity between individuals has also, at a higher level, adversely affected society. Without love, people are working and performing with reduced energy, and at reduced capacity. While prior research has been focused on love at the workplace from the viewpoint of psychologists, this book explores the impact of love within organizational contexts from various viewpoints including management, psychology, and philosophy. It explores love in the organizational context by looking at how it affects meaning, purpose, well-being, motivation, faith, care, spiritual development and how the identity and well-being of each person in the organization positively affects retention and the growth and success of that organization.

    It will be of interest to researchers, academics, and advanced students in the fields of organizational studies, leadership, and management.

    1. Love as a Foundational Principle for Humanistic Management

    Matthew T. Lee 

    2. Love and Organizational Models: How to Interpret Forms of Love Within Companies

    Roberta Sferrazzo & Renato Ruffini 

    3. Organizational Expressions of Love: A Level of System Inquiry

    Linda Robson and Duncan Coombe 

    4. Agape in Business – Policies and Actions Beyond Caritas

    Harry Hummels, Yannick Bammens, Maike van Dijk and Annelies van Uden 

    5. Love and the Moral Structure of Business: Toward a Tripartite Ethos of Human Enterprise

    Michael F. Mascolo and David Greenway 

    6. Levinas And Lewis On Loving the Other in Organizations

    Peter McGhee and Dr. Myk Habets 

    7. The Power of Love in People’s Motivation at Work

    Maria Prats 

    8. Toward a Systematic Approach to Building a Loving Organization: The Humanistic Organizational Development Matrix

    William A. Andrews 

    9. Putting Love First: Redefining Managing, Organising and The Future of Work

    Elena P. Antonacopoulou 

    10. Socio-Emotional Resources and the Principle of Human Dignity in the Workplace—the Case of Workplace Romance

    Coralie Fiori-Khayat 

    11. Adapting a Ministry of Love for the Workplace Transformation: A Case Study and The Chaplaincy of Centers for Wiser Leadership

    Teresa J. Rothausen and Thomas G. Maridada. 

    12. "Tough Love" Characterizing Paternalistic Leadership: The Case of Family Firms

    Nava Michael Tsabari, Francesco Barbera and Bart Henssen 

    13. An Exploratory Study of Leaders’ Expression of Love and Followers Perceptions of Satisfaction and Engagement in the Workplace

    Franklin Alexander Markow 

    14. Psychopathy and An Absence of Love in Organizations

    Clive Boddy and Louise Boulter


    Michael Pirson holds the Felix E. Larkin Chaired Professorship in Humanistic Management at Fordham University, and is a full Professor with a focus on Global Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship. He is a research associate at Harvard University's Human Flourishing Program (HFP). He co-founded the Humanistic Management Network and is founder and president of the International Humanistic Management Association. He is the Editor in Chief of the Humanistic Management Journal. Pirson is a full member of the Club of Rome, leads the Humanistic Management working group at the UNPRME and advises a number of social enterprises. He has won numerous awards for his work including from the Academy of Management and the Association of Jesuit Universities.