The Neglected Ethical and Spiritual Motivations in the Workplace


Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 8:00am to 9:00am


Room 2000, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, University Place Building (HKS)

RCC is pleased to announce this leadership breakfast, organized by the Kennedy School Alumni/ae association, featuring Prof. Manuel Guillén.

Understanding what motivates employees is essential to the success of organizational objectives. Therefore, properly capturing and explaining the full range of such motivations are important. However, the classical and most popular theories describing employee motives have neglected, if not omitted entirely, the importance of the ethical and spiritual dimensions of motivation. This has led to a model of a person as self-interested, amoral, and non-spiritual.

Professor Manuel Guillén will discuss a more complete taxonomy of motivations that includes moral and spiritual dimensions.

Professor Guillén is Director of the Institute for Ethics in Communication and Organizations (IECO).  The Institute wishes to contribute to a revitalization of ethical thought in society, particularly at the professional level. The central objective of the Institute is to increase knowledge and promote critical thinking about the role of ethics in management, leadership and communication in organizations. The main priorities of the Institute are research, education and consultancy. 

Bagels will be provided but please bring your own coffee or tea. To get to Room 2000 use elevators at the end of the long corridor, not the ones close to the lobby.

Contac(s): Madeline Snow