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The Business of Humanity®Project seeks to improve strategic decision making in organizations.

Using case studies and actual business examples drawn from firms studied in Brazil, China, Czech Republic, India, Russia and the U.S. the project explores the proposition that:

Strategic decision making that employs criteria falling under the rubric of "humanity" - in its two dimensions of "humaneness" and "humankind" - leads to superior economic performance.

The project documents the management processes and strategic perspectives of companies that practice the Business of Humanity® to promote awareness among managers and academics, to motivate discussion, to examine the economic consequences, and to demonstrate how to practice the Business of Humanity®.

There are three bases and motivations for the project:

  • The short- and long-term economic and strategic advantages of "humaneness" in managerial decision making. Humaneness in business decision making focuses on criteria and programs related to safety, quality, diversity, environmental sustainability, gender equality, social sustainability, integrity, ergonomics and good design.
  • The imperative of recognizing "humankind" in innovating strategy. Humankind in business decision making recognizes the global context of decision making and draws attention to the needs and potential of markets - at the "bottom of the pyramid" - with low per capita incomes.
  • The inadequacy and potential dysfunctionality of accounting profits as a guide for managerial decision making, especially when:
    • facing crises,
    • innovating strategy, and
    • confronting wicked problems.

Interview about the importance of the Business of Humanity® Project with Dr. John C. Camillus and Dr. John T. Delaney, former Dean of Pitt Business and current Vice President of Academic Affairs at St. Vincent College.


Powering the future

Pitt Business Magazine

BoH Book Available!

Dr. John C. Camillus, Dr. Bopaya Bidanda and Dr. N. Chandra Mohan’s 2017 book, The Business of Humanity: Strategic Management in the Era of Globalization, Innovation, and Shared Value can be ordered at:

It can also be ordered on Amazon through the following link:

To read more detailed information about the book, please see the link below:
CRC Press/Taylor and Francis Group/Routledge

BoH Project Partners

Please click here to learn more about our BoH Project Partners, whose collaborations have been vital to our BoH research projects and DC HEaRT initiatives.  As our work expands, we are continuing to connect with more people and organizations that share the BoH philosophy. 

Our newest project partners are Pitt NOCMAT (Non-Conventional Materials and Alternative Technologies), a research initiative led by Professor Kent Harries and Associate Professor Ian Nettleship, which engages in cutting-edge engineering research and service-learning education involving sustainable, locally sourced, non-conventional materials adapted to lower technology production environments.