"Even management needs a radical remake"
Giuseppe Argiolas, Sophia Professor of Economics and Business Management, who has been working with the Economics and Management Department since 2010, will be a permanent professor at the Sophia University Institute starting 1 September 2016 besides being the Doctorate School coordinator. This is undoubtedly an important acquisition that completes Sophia’s stable faculty, and was awaited and welcomed by the entire community with great satisfaction.
He achieved his training as researcher of Economics and Business Management in the Economic Science and Business Management Department of the Cagliari University, where he also obtained his PhD in Economics and Business Management, and taught “Social Responsibility of Organisations” in the graduate course in Managerial Economics.
Argiolas is also part of the team of teachers of the School of Civil Economics based in the Polo Lionello Bonfanti center in Figline and Incisa Valdarno (Florence).
In an interview on the occasion of LoppianoLab, he underpinned the fundaments of Sophia’s vocation, tracing especially the sensible and so-called “correct questions,” which he deemed necessary to be able to programme a study and activities in the field of economics. “The concept of business we bring to IUS is that of an organisation which places people at the center. Most often we stop to consider only technicalities, efficiency and effectiveness, but we have to take a step forward and understand that the behaviour of people in business are determined not only by technical competence but also by an anthropological perspective. So this is why we have to act on the educational programme and the concept of economics.”
During these years his contribution has been important not only for the development of studies in economics, but also for the growth of professional opportunities offered to the students to give value to their preparation. In this context, Argiolas collaborated in analysing the results of a recent survey related to the period 2008 - 2014 conducted by Prof. Licia Paglione, Professor of Social Research Methodology. The work denoted that 78% of Sophia University Institute’s graduates found a job between six months to a year after their graduation. The data underlines a specific dimension of Sophia, which lies “not so much in the hyper-specialisation closed up in itself – Argiolas explained – but in the progressive and intense integration of objectives and interdisciplinary, intellectual conquests with experiences and choice of lifestyles based on dialogue, at the service of the person’s integral growth.”
Among his publications we find, “The value of values,” a book on the theory of business and management published by the New City Publishers. Given that western society is undergoing a cultural, social and relational crisis, even before being an economic one, also the business world is called according to Argiolas’s studies, to a radical reconsideration. Going to the roots of the corporate culture, this pushes the business to reflect itself as a social subject, concretely «part of» and at the same time an «expression of» one or more social settings.
At the base of this new perspective are firstly, the people themselves, with the skills and intelligence: not as numbers but as individuals, the tenets of a business that decides to invest on human capital, respect the environment, develop eco-compatible production processes, and cater to quality, safety and reliability of the products and work place, thus investing in relationships with the territory.
Besides being the book’s main theme, this is a “programmatic” setup for the new permanent professor who affirms: “We are used to thinking of business as a war machine that operates to defeat competitors and make more profits, thus deforming the economic dimension and ignoring the human and social dimensions, which together are part of its features. In producing goods and services for the market, businesses are successful not only if they act in an efficient and effective way, and obtain a suitable profit, but also if they are also socially efficient and socially effective, that is, if they give value to people and generate good social relationships. This has to do with an organisation, within which the dimension of organisational culture and the surrounding environment plays a central role. The point is not only what we do but how we do it and with what motivations, and this depends on the value systems of people and the settings of which they are part.”
So let us convey all our best wishes!