Human Centered Management

Series Editors: Maria-Teresa Lepeley, Principal Editor, and Roland Bardy, Associate Editor

The 2016 meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the idea that humankind is starting a fourth industrial revolution. This revolution has technology at its heart and it will deeply disrupt the way we live, learn, work, communicate and organize. Its scale, scope, and complexity will be unlike anything humankind has ever experienced. Previous stages of industrialization have brought considerable benefits to society but also significant costs: there is increasing evidence that the focus on machines, structures, hierarchy, procedures and plans overlooked the wellbeing of human beings. The main challenge we face in this fourth revolution is how we can make sure that the new technologies provides solutions centered on the wellbeing of humanity and avoid the shortcomings of the industrial past.

The Human Centered Management Series aims to stimulate the discussion and the discovery of effective approaches and solutions and innovation with increasing potential to improve the wellbeing of people. In short, this new revolution will place technology at the service of people, not the other way around. It is not technology that is propelling the changes, it is human talent. New strategies to develop talent will be critical and, understanding the pivotal role of education, multidisciplinary approaches from scholars and practitioners from around the world will be required to articulate solutions.

New constructs are needed to position management at the forefront of the transformation to foster the human centered paradigm shift. This book series will capture this new thinking.


The purpose of the book series is to re-position people to be at the center of organizations, the economy and society. Using management as the common denominator, the ultimate goal is to perform a paradigm shift from the entrenched approaches of the industrial past to a human-centered methodology which is convergent with the needs of people and organizations in the constantly changing interconnected world that frames the new Knowledge Society.


The challenges that management is facing when dealing with human development, active participation, responsible leadership, financial accountability, and social responsibility issues can only be understood and solved through the cross-fertilization of ideas from different disciplines. Better integration between management, psychology, neuroscience, economics, education, business, and others, needs to happen to accrue the benefits.  The reason is simple. Global conditions create increasingly complex problems that can be highly disruptive. Solutions require approaches that build resilience through embedding multidisciplinary models that are effective in building productive organizations, transparent markets, sustainable economies and inclusive societies.


The human-centered imperative is not new. The Father of modern economics Adam Smith wrote The Theory of Moral Sentiments in 1759, pioneering the importance of people and their behavior in society, almost twenty years before his economic treatise The Wealth of Nations (1776). More recently, in 1974, economists Friedrich Hayek and Gunnar Myrdal received the Nobel Prize for work in economic theory and interdisciplinary research that included broader aspects of social phenomena and the need for effective inter-sector articulation in the economy.   


The book series builds upon a number of publications. These include, but are not limited to, our recent book Human Centered Management in Executive Education. Global Imperatives, Innovation and New Directions (Lepeley et al. [Eds], 2016), which provides an insight into responsible leadership objectives. Earlier works include that of Frey and Stutzer (2010), who hastened the disciplinary integration debate in the book Economy and Psychology. A Promising New Cross Disciplinary Field. In 2014, Hanahuer and Beinhocker advanced this discussion with the article Capitalism Redefined, which explored the critical role of organizations as problem solvers that can foster human prosperity, effective markets, and sustainable organizations with the capacity to promote both a prosperous world and also a humane one. Taking a slightly different approach, in 2016 Uchida and Oishi report a fast growing field of inquiry associated with human capital and economic sustainability in their paper “Happiness of the Individual and the Collective”, which places people at the center from two complementary dimensions: individuals and the collective. The editors are aware that paradigm shifts take time and innovation implies effort at a global level in order to change the mindsets and management approaches that have persisted from the industrial era.

Underlying principles of the Human Centered Management and the Book Series

The list below provides guidance on themes that will be covered in the Book Series. However, we are open to other principles and practices that have the potential to be innovative and to promote the HCM paradigm shift.   

  • Human Capital and Knowledge Management as central elements of Human Centered Management.
  • Management for Sustainable Quality in Education and Organizations.
  • Education lagging behind the demands of people and the workforce and limits organizations’ ability to foster economic growth and inclusive social development.
  • Organizations exist to serve customers, users, clients (not the other way around).
  • People who work in organizations cannot satisfy the needs and demands of external customers unless the organizations first meet their needs.
  • Organizations must be problems solvers for people and society. Otherwise they are obstacles for progress.
  • Economics and financial accountability: key factors in HCM responsible leadership
  • Smart phone prototype organizations: strong human centered structure (phone hardware) including mission, planning, values, ethics, people’s Soft Skills, financial responsibility with agile strategies (like “apps” that can be changed quickly to meet emerging needs, new technology, and emerging skills).

List of titles of forthcoming books

We are currently seeking book volume proposals in the following areas:

  • Human Centered Management for quality education to support organizations demands, sustainable economic growth and people’s Well-being in inclusive societies
  • Human Centered Management in Education to Achieve Sustainable Development
  • Human Centered Management in Organizations to Achieve Sustainable Development
  • Human Centered Management: Ethical Leadership in Business and Corporations
  • Human Centered Market Economies for Sustainable Growth and Development
  • A Human Centered Inclusive Knowledge Society for Sustainable Development  
  • Human Centered Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development
  • Human Centered Quality Management for Productive Organizations, Sustainable Economies and a Global Inclusive Knowledge Society
  • Gender in Human Centered Management


To submit a proposal to the Human Centered Management Series, please download and complete a new book proposal form.

Please address proposals to:

Rebecca Marsh, Publisher, Greenleaf Publishing, Email:


Series Editors: Maria-Teresa Lepeley and Roland Bardy

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Maria-Teresa Lepeley

Maria-Teresa is an educator and economist. After a career in academia, she founded the Global Institute for Quality Education (GIQE) to respond to the challenges in achieving sustainable quality. She designs GIQE’s programs and projects and delivers them worldwide, connecting networks of sustainable quality innovators and problem solvers.

Roland Bardy

Roland Bardy is Executive Professor of General Management and Leadership at Florida Gulf Coast University, USA. He is also owner of BardyConsult in Mannheim, Germany.