The Humanistic Management Practice

A journey into the history of management schools: The evolution towards a humanistic approach in organizational theories
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  • Lectures 5
  • Length 35 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

This short course provides a comprehensive yet advanced journey into the evolution of management schools. A special emphasis on the humanistic approach outlines the human needs and the human resource management evolution.

The course consists of 5 chapters, each of which is a lecture with a concise power point presentation that provides the student with the needed visuals for better interaction and information grasping. A set of Caveats concludes each chapter, to provide the student with take home points.

After taking this course, the student will not only have a holistic knowledge about all the major management schools that rose since the beginning of the last century, but she will also become familiar with the human needs and human resource concepts and techniques, which will definitely give the student a new perspective over the managerial "art", and a multitude of ideas and hints that can be practically applied in managing a team of employees.

We will go over the below interesting topics:

1- Early schools:

  • Karl Marx
  • Emile Durkheim
  • Max Webber
  • Frederic Winslow Taylor (Taylorism)
  • Howthorne's experiment

2- The theorists that followed:

  • Roethlisberger and Dickson.
  • Elton Mayo
  • Chester Bernard
  • Herbert Simon

3- The Human Needs theories:

  • Maslow's hierarchy of needs
  • Existence, Relatedness, and Growth needs (ERG)
  • Herzberg dual-factor theory
  • McGregor Theory X and Theory Y

4- Comparing the classic needs theories and their limitation

5- Human Resource (HR): its needs and its 5 pillars

6- Human Resource Theories

  • Jeffrey Pfeffer
  • Jackson, Schuler & Rivero
  • Bailey

7- Employee organization fit

8- Some HR criticism and conclusion

What are the requirements?

  • None

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Differentiate between different management schools
  • Appreciate the evolution of management schools
  • Understand the factors that gave birth to the humanistic management practice
  • Learn about the Human Needs and the Human Resource Management in modern organizations
  • Put together a holistic view about organization theory

Who is the target audience?

  • Managers
  • Business Students
  • Human Resources Personnel
  • Team Leaders
  • Consultants

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: The Humanistic Management Practice Journey

A brief introduction to the rise of the organisations' model and the inherent underlying tension


The first theorists, and the limitations of not having a humanistic approach to manage people


The human needs and dynamics that drive the behavior of employees. A deep understanding of he human needs enables the manager to better understand the employees, and thus avoid common mistake.


The human resources principles and theories briefly introduced, provides a better understanding of the organizational environment. A set of principles and tips provides a valuable practical tips for a better manager.


A few last words to sum it up, with a philosophical twist.

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Instructor Biography

Erik Bergerson, Engineer with a Master's degree in Business Administration

An expert engineer in both IT and Telecom industries.
Holder of a Master's degree in Business Administration.
Founder of multi-disciplinary frameworks in leading technical and financial companies: Business Process Re-engineering, Enterprise Risk Management, Auditing, Business Continuity, Crisis Management.

Despite the fact that I started my career as technical engineer in a public transportation company, I always had the passion for management topics. This passion led me to a masters degree in engineering management, and my career took a shift since then: I held the position of lead auditor in a leading Telecom company, where I had the chance to observe to what extent bad management can affect the morals, efficiency, and productivity of the employees. My next challenge was to establish and tackle the risk management framework, where it came to my attention that once again, the human factor was often a major source of risk.

This special interest in Organizational Theory and management evolution, coupled with my professional observation, made me want to be more and more active in promoting the humanistic approach in management, and this course was an additional way to reach out for as many people as possible.

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