Homo Anthropologicus

A Humanistic Management Perspective

9781035334322 Edward Elgar Publishing
Jean-François Chanlat, Professor Emeritus, Université Paris Dauphine – PSL, France, Affiliate Professor, HEC-Montréal, Canada and Guest Professor, Université de Rennes, France. Recipient of the IFSAM (International Federation of Scholarly Associations of Management) Award for Exceptional Service to the Management Field Worldwide, 2022
Publication Date: July 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03533 432 2 Extent: 184 pp
Skilfully analysing the challenges posed by management practices to the human condition, Jean-François Chanlat examines the sociological evolution of modern management. This book acts as a crucial pedagogical guide to the history and essence of managerial operations.

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Skilfully analysing the challenges posed by management practices to the human condition, Jean-François Chanlat examines the sociological evolution of modern management. This book acts as a crucial pedagogical guide to the history and essence of managerial operations.

This book presents a critical reflection on contemporary managerial practices from an anthropological perspective, outlining an essential methodological framework for the use of management sciences alongside social sciences such as anthropology and psychology. The modern world is faced with formidable socio-economic, technological, environmental and ethical challenges, thus this book emphasises that to succeed, we must meet these collectively. Ultimately, Chanlat assesses how we can improve leadership practices and, through this, tackle core societal obstacles.

Homo Anthropologicus is vital for students and professors of business ethics, public administration and social sciences. It also provides an illuminating insight into the interdisciplinary nature of management studies for executives and managers within these fields.
Critical Acclaim
‘A beautiful title for a wonderful book of great clarity and impressive erudition. I recommend it to anyone looking for a humanist anthropological alternative to the narrow vision of homo oeconomicus.’
– Franck Aggeri, MINES ParisTech, France

‘Homo Anthropologicus is an essential book in the current era, in which management scholars often prioritize their career advancements over the profound contemplation of the world. Chanlat’s reflections show us that we can think about society in a sharp manner. This book is essential for anyone seeking a stimulating and insightful reflection on current affairs.’
– Rafael Alcadipani, EAESP, Brazil

‘In this rich tapestry of a book Professor Chanlat compellingly interweaves French and English speaking intellectual traditions into a sophisticated argument with both erudition and humanity. He vividly depicts the many human facets of management, developing a timely provocation for rethinking how contemporary management is studied, theorized and enacted.’
– Sarah Robinson, Rennes School of Business, France

‘Here is the book of a true humanist. Mixing Anglosaxon contributions and a stunningly rich French literature from anthropology, Chanlat offers us a convincing and much-needed departure from the narrow focus of mainstream managerialism. In a brilliant synthesis of what makes us human, nurtured by thirty years of reflection and a vast international experience, he lays down a forceful template on how organizations can help people and societies reach their full potential.’
– Jean Pasquero, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

‘Homo Anthropologicus is an extraordinary exploration of the multifaceted dimensions of management and its deep-rooted connections to the human experience. Jean-François Chanlat''s anthropological perspective illuminates the historical and cultural context that birthed contemporary management. Chanlat skilfully navigates the tapestry of human existence within organizations and urges a re-evaluation of prevailing management paradigms. The book encourages critical self-reflection and serves as an indispensable guide to a humanistic and ethical approach to organizational life.’
– Christoph Barmeyer, University of Passau, Germany
French edition foreword vi
English edition foreword viii
Preamble x
Preface xiii
Introduction to Homo Anthropologicus 1
1 The emergence of modern homo administrativus 4
2 Homo socialis, homo politicus: actor, subject, identity,
power, authority, otherness 13
3 Homo faber and homo laborans: work, tools, techniques,
instruments, technology, science 31
4 Homo loquens: speech, language, languages and communication 41
5 Homo symbolicus: symbols, signs, cultures, myths, imaginary 59
6 Homo spatialis: space, territories, places, geography and spatiality 69
7 Homo temporalis, homo historicus: time, temporalities,
duration, rhythms, cycles, history, historicity 82
8 Homo corporalis, homo doloris, homo gaudium: body,
meaning, corporeality, pleasure, suffering 99
9 Homo ethicus: ethics, morality, deontology, éthos, èthos 106
Conclusion to Homo Anthropologicus 117
Bibliography 120
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