2021 Annual Conference


24th - 26th November, Online

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The 2021 Ninth Annual Humanistic Management Conference will take place online and is brought to you by our Chapters from around the world on the theme of Solutions.

Our 2021 conference will take place online, centred on the contributions of our Chapters from around the world. The theme is Solutions.

We all use the word solution numerous times on any single day and yet we may not always have a clear view on what actually is a solution. We want to hire solution-oriented people to join our organizations; we want politicians to offer solutions to the challenges we face; we want businesses to provide products and services that deliver solutions; and we ourselves want to feel productive by developing and implementing solutions. But who will be able to derive meaningful benefits from those solutions? Who determines what resources are provided for solutions geared towards maintaining the status quo versus those challenging it?

Solutions are wanting in this world, but what differentiates a solution from a quick fix or a remedy, (how) can we know if a hailed solution will create adverse side effects? For how long must a solution provide a solution to be a solution? Why are we so receptive for the temptations of solutionist narratives?

These are some of the questions we will discuss at this year’s edition of the Annual Humanistic Management Conference, but to enrich our practical understanding of the theme, we shall also provide plenty of examples of policies, organizations and individuals that deliver solutions aligned to Humanistic Management principles.

We are most grateful to our partners, sponsors and donors for supporting us with the technology needs and organizational efforts to enhance your conference experience that we are happy to bring to you free of charge.

To provide you with a valuable conference experience we have built an interactive program spanning three days to offer you keynotes, workshops, paper sessions, panels and even online networking opportunities. While our 2020 Annual Humanistic Management Conference is brought to you in a different way, it is still delivered in the same spirit of providing you with a rich and fun conference experience.

Come join us at the 2021 Ninth Annual Humanistic Management Conference – together we make impact towards a more sustainable and more equitable planet.

On behalf of everyone at the Humanistic Management Network we look forward to welcoming you.

The Conference Organizing Committee


Please welcome with us outstanding speakers delivering impactful messages in service of our shared endeavor to work on solutions for a more sustainable and more equitable planet.

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Wolfgang Amann has been designing and delivering executive education seminars for more than 20 years.

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Media scholar and philosopher. Cyberpunk. Doctor of Humanities in the field of Art Sciences.

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Ilaria Boncori (PhD, PFHEA, FLF) is a senior lecturer in management and marketing at the University of Essex (UK).

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FU Pingping is currently a Professor of OB in Nottingham University Business School China.

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Markus Glatz-Schmallegger is teaching social- and economic ethics and is an organizational coach with his own company www.valUse.at

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Paul is a founder member of the UK Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network and a member of its steering group.

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Mari Iizuka is professor of management at Doshisha Universit in Kyoto, Japan.

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Naoki Kuriyama,Ph.D is Professor of Human Resources Management and Dean of the Department of Business Administration at Soka University located in Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan.

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Agnieszka Konior is Lecturer at the Institute of Culture at the Jagiellonian University.

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Katarzyna is a fellow in cultural management and cultural policy at the Jagiellonian University.

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Alina M. Landowska is assistant professor at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw.

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Carlos Largacha-Martínez is a consultant & futurologist with a holistic professional formation.

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Bob is a founding member of the Humanistic Management Chapter UK.

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Aura holds a Commerce Master’s degree in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the University of Cape Town.

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Umesh Mukhi is Assistant Professor of Management at FGV, experienced in Education and Cultural Diplomacy across Europe, Asia and Latin America.
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Kemi teaches business ethics, managerial anthropology, and sustainability management at the Lagos Business School.

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Michal Palasz is culture & media manager, activist and academic teacher working at Jagiellonian University.

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Weronika Pokojska – affiliated to TECHNOSEUM Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit (TECHNOSEUM State Museum of Technology and Work in Mannheim).

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Qing Qu is associated professor at the School of Economics and Management, Tsinghua University, China.

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Christina is convenor of the UK Chapter of the HMN and Director of the Centre for Leadership Innovation at the University of Bedfordshire.

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Marcin is a lawyer, entrepreneur, independent analyst, new technology evangelist and CEO at www.goodgames.pl.

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Ruth Slater is a freelance researcher and writer and a member of the UK Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network.

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Shiv Tripathi is Professor and Dean (Training) at IIHMR University, Jaipur, India

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Ernst von Kimakowitz is passionate about strengthening the positive impact of business.

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 Jianbo Wang is the Director of the Center for the Humanities and Business Ethics at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), starting in 2017.


The conference will run over three days commencing on November 24th at 8:30am CET and closing on November 26th 8:30pm CET. To provide an interesting, fruitful and fun conference to our speakers, guests and delegates we have built an exciting program for this conference that will be delivered online. You can view the program and conference guide, the call for papers, a short introduction to Humanistic Management and other information under the links below.

Preliminary Program Overview: Conference Guide & Program

Call for Papers

COMING SOON: Conference Lounge

About Humanistic Management


Below you can find the different ticketing options you have to join our annual conference. You can either register with a free ticket or choose to support the Humanistic Management Network and register with a donation ticket to contribute towards the cost of this conference.


The Humanistic Management Network is most grateful to our sponsors and partners who share our passion for working towards a more sustainable and more equitable planet. Without their generous support this conference would not be possible. If you are interested in joining forces please do get in touch with conference@humanisticmanagement.network to discuss tailored partnership options.

If you would like to become a lead sponsor of the 2021 Humanistic Management Conference please do get in touch.

The Humanistic Management Center (HMC) is a think tank, learning institution and advisory firm supporting organizations in transforming towards a humanistic management paradigm.

The Institute of Social Ethics ISE undertakes research and teaching contexts in social ethics including scientific reflection on the ethical dimension of social contexts, challenges and issues, institutions, structures, and systems.


We are truly happy for the support we are receiving from organizations that share our passion for a humanistic management paradigm.

Association for Management Education and Development (AMED) is a long-established membership organisation and educational charity devoted to developing people and organisations.

The Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina-AREANDINA, is a 35,000+ students inclusive University in Colombia, with campuses in three main cities and virtual national coverage. In Central America we have two campuses in Panama and Costa Rica. We are part of the Ilumno Network.

The Deep Institutional Innovation for Sustainability and Human Development (DIIS) project sees clear evidence that current social institutions are not optimal, either for human flourishing or for addressing global challenges.

GWC is a global platform for people to share, learn, inspire each other and empower others, with a vision to enable every woman to contribute to a better world.

Humanists UK is a national charity and campaigning organisation. Through its ‘Humanists in Business’ network, it provides support to people in the workplace who may have a humanistic worldview and seeks to promote an approach to business and management aligned with humanistic principles.

Ignite provides a platform that connects like-minded people, especially students, businesses and speakers through our conference and the content we provide on the topics of leadership, company culture and organizational design.

Cultural Organization Research Institute - IBOK: The goal of the association is to conduct research in the field of culture and to support management processes in organizations related to creative activities, cultural education and heritage.

India CSR is India's largest repository of information and knowledge on CSR that offers networking and promotion opportunities of CSR innovations and success.

Institute of Culture of Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland teaches and explores culture management, media management and humanistic management in the spirit of contemporary culture.

Light for the World is a global disability & development organization, breaking down barriers to enrich society and unlock the potential in all of us.

MaREI is a leading Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine research and innovation co-ordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork.

New Delhi Institute of Management (NDIM) was founded with the Vision of being a global learning hub, a unique gurukul to nurture courageous global change leaders through holistic, transformative and innovative learning.

Nottingham University Business School China is committed to shaping the future of responsible business and management in an increasingly inter-connected world.

Palgrave Macmillan is a world-class publisher of books and journals with more than 175 years’ experience in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Since its inception in the year 2011, Palgrave Macmillan are bringing out our Humanism in Business book Series.

Regional College of Management Bangalore is a long standing partner of the Humanistic Management Network that is focused on preparing students to excel in their career as confident, motivated and dynamic individuals with strong values.

The University of Chichester Business School aims to provide outstanding education, advance knowledge and benefit the world.

The Weltethos Institute (also Global Ethic Institute) is a research and teaching institution at the University of Tübingen with the aim of anchoring value orientation and trust in business and society.


This conference enjoyed tireless engagement and support of many members of the Humanistic Management Community.

Organizing Team

  • Wolfgang Amman (HEC Paris in Qatar / HMN Board Member)
  • Emmanuel Barreto (HMN Switzerland)
  • Pingping Fu (Nottingham University Ningbo / HMN China)
  • Markus Glatz-Schmallegger (ValUse.at / HMN Austria)
  • Mari Iizuka (Doshisha University / HMN Japan)
  • Agnieszka Konior (Jagiellonian University / HMN Poland)
  • Janko Kotzé (Human Interest / HMN South Africa)
  • Carlos Largacha (Universidad Areandina / HMN Colombia)
  • Aura Mbolela (HMN South Africa)
  • Kemi Ogunyemi (Lagos Business School / HMN Nigeria)
  • Michal Palasz (Jagiellonian University / HMN Poland)
  • Weronika Pokojska (Technoseum Mannheim / HMN Poland)
  • Ruth Slater (HMN UK)
  • Orane Stepczynski (Swatch Group / HMN Switzerland)
  • Shiv Tripathi (Noida International University / HMN India)
  • Ernst von Kimakowitz (HMN / HMC / University of Lucerne, Switzerland)

Academic Committee

  • Michal Palasz (Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland; HMN Poland)
  • Ernst von Kimakowitz (HMN / HMC / University of Lucerne)


Navigate to previous editions of the Annual Humanistic Management Conference.

The 2020 Eighth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on November, 4. - 6. It was our first conference held fully online

The 2019 Seventh Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October, 10. - 11. in Krakow, Poland, hosted by the Jagiellonian University.

The 2018 Sixth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October 1st – 2nd in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore), India, hosted by CMR University.

The 2017 Fifth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October 5th – 6th in Tübingen, Germany, hosted by the Weltethos Institut.

The 2016 Fourth Annual Humanistic Management Conference took place on October 13th – 14th in Tübingen, Germany, hosted by the Weltethos Institut.


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