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Managing As If Faith Mattered: Christian Social Principles in the Modern Organization (CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOU) Paperback – July 3, 2001
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About the Author
Michael J. Naughton holds the Alan W. Moss Endowed Chair in Catholic Social Thought and is director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. He holds joint appointments in the departments of Catholic Studies (College of Arts and Sciences) and Ethics and Law (Opus College of Business).
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"Managing as if Faith Mattered" by Naughton and Helen Alford is a welcome full-book treatment of CSP-inspired management which can be used for a full course in faith-based management. Complemented by Helen Alford's research in manufacturing engineering, Naughton covers CSP from the inside out, i.e., beginning with an examination of personal integration of faith and work, the purpose of business and the Catholic virtues, the authors then systematically demonstrate the application of CSP to various areas of management -- including marketing, job design, compensation, product development and corporate finance.
The book is written in a readable tone even when it discusses the nuances of natural law and the Papal encyclicals. I have to admit that there are portions in the book which need several reading especially for CSP neophytes. But just when the going gets tough the authors cite real-life examples of business managers who make CSP come to life in their companies.
A big revelation is the case of Reell Precision Manufacturing. The 35-year old company was founded by ex-3M employees based on Christian principles and through its history has achieved remarkable resilience as it met challenges that would have made average companies cave in to easy layoffs or top-down control strategies.Read more ›
And special thanks that I got what I read it for: how to be a Christian manager and how to lead people. And even more.
If you need an easy reading, skip this book. It's not that. It's roughly a college textbook in terms of style and structure, but a tad better to read.
How should personal faith and ethical standards influence work practices and decisions made with the workplace? The authors wrestle with this central question. Inspired by concern over the large gap between private and public moralities, they make a compelling argument for integrating the principles and values contained in Christian social teaching with management theory.