The Managerial Implications of Caritas in Veritate

Young David W.

The Papal Encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth) calls for putting people first in an economy, such that an individual’s dignity is considered a valuable resource rather than a burden. Organizational leaders are called on to consider the effects of their actions and decisions on their societies, rather than on economic returns. However, re­directing managerial behaviour in this way is difficult in a world of capitalism, where shareholders demand reasonable economic returns, and where many are unconcerned about the ensuing societal effects. This paper is based on the premise that senior managers wish to undertake efforts to redesign their organization in a way that considers both  economic returns and the im­pact on society (including employees). The paper presents a framework of seven activ­ities — strategy formulation, authority and influence, motivation, cultural maintenance, conflict management, customer management, and management control — that senior managers can use to accomplish this goal.

Young D.W. (2013), The Managerial Implications of Caritas in Veritate, Management Con-trol, 1, pp. 7-25, Doi: 10.3280/MACO2013-001002