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Eleven New Dissertations on the EoC

Eleven New Dissertations on the EoC

By Antonella Ferrucci

From "Economy of Communion - a new culture" N. 30 - December 2009

n28_pag._11_antonella_ferrucciThere are 11 new theses which we want to present in this issue. Among these, five are undergraduate theses, one is a old-order four-year thesis, four are specializations and one is a doctorate thesis. The last is also the first thesis on the EoC to come from Russia. It is also the first time we have a Polish thesis. All the theses presented seem to have a similar main idea: that of relational goods and a new type of goverenance that becomes explicit for who lives the EoC in a radical way. Two theses analyze the very particular business case-study of the Tassano Consortium. One faces the original approach of the EoC towards poverty in  with respect to other economic models.



Undergraduate Degree in Economy
“L. Bocconi” University (Milan)

October 7, 2006
Language: Italian

Thesis: Relational Goods in Economic Theory
Thesis Chair: Luigino Bruni

This thesis aims at deepening the concept of “relational goods”, from the moment that it first appeared in economic debate until its most recent uses, as well as understanding the main novelties that such a concept brings to economic theory. The fundamental importance that relational goods hold in the society, both at a micro and macro level, is evident. In fact, even while such “untangable goods”, created in the interaction between agents, are undoubtedly difficult to analyze in a rigorous and quantifiable way. This effort is necessary given that  the relational aspect has taken on greater weight in today´s economy, where person-person relationships have gained importance. What clearly emerges from the theories discussed in this work is that, despite the fact that relational goods are not calculated in the GNP, they play a fundamental role in production of both individual and collective well-being.

Undergraduate Degree in Economic Science
Tel. G. Marconi  University

December 3, 2007
Language: Italian

Thesis: Business: from “Past” Experience to an Economy of Communion Project for the Future
Thesis Chair: Prof. Nunzio Casalino

This thesis aims at presenting the Economy of Communion (EoC) project, which begun in Brazil, in 1991, and proposes new economic behavior marked by the “culture of giving.” It deals with a new economic style expressed by the desire to join respect of rules and business values with motivational and objective values that can be summarized as the culture of communion in freedom. The goals of this study can be identified in how it elaborates the EoC proposal and verifies the effective assumption of social responsibility, studying the instruments used to communicate such to the stakeholders involved.

Masters in European Studies
University of Studies of Palermo

March 13, 2008
Language: Italian

Thesis: Local Development and Reciprocity: the case of the Lionello Bonfanti Industrial Park
Thesis Chair: Prof. Alberto Tulumello

A particular category of good in the economic system, the “relational good”, is placed at the center of this thesis´s reflection. Relational goods are those that arise from disinterested attitudes and which, despite being immeasurable, often bear upon determining the success of an economic system. With this basis, the thesis continues its analysis of local development and in particular on industrial districts and industrial parks as a types of development that place relationality at the center. The EoC project is founded on this intuition, but it also goes another step: it identifies communion as the way to reducing social inequalities.

Doctorate in Economics and National Economy Management
Moscow State Forest University

September 2, 2008
Language: Russian

Thesis: Development Strategy of Small and Medium Socially-Oriented Businesses
Thesis Chair: Prof. Dr. N. Medvedev

One of the main objectives of this research is to develop the essential theoretical points and practical recommendations that ensure the strategic development of socially oriented businesses. Following the study, the author proposes and validates a development strategy for small and medium-sized, socially-oriented, forestry and wood businesses. Methods to improve the formation system of personnel in the forestry sector are also proposed, considering the different qualitative parameters and the incrementing social impact of small and medium-sized businesses. The theoretical studies, practical recommendations and methodological instruments are developed with particular reference to the Ostashkov territory, in the Tver region (Russian Federation).

Masters in Formational Science
Sacred Heart University of Milan at Piacenza

October 7, 2008
Language: Italian

Thesis: Business Communication: a Relational Good. Experience of the EoC Businesses
Thesis Chair: Prof. Giuseppe Braga

As things stand today, we usually, incorrectly interchange the following words as synonyms: communicate and inform, listen and hear. Information is the simple passage of information, while in communication what counts is not only the message but also the will of who speaks to transmit something of himself. Today, communicating is difficult in every environment, especially at the workplace, as it is thought of as something superfluous, something extra that does not apparently profit anyone. Instead, if one “loses” time in attentively communicating, it would be possible to reduce situations of tension and those misunderstandings that create true “wastes” of time.

To verify my research hypothesis, that communication can influence the business atmosphere, I decided to examine a few businesses of the Economy of Communion. The analysis of the data collected made it possible to clearly single out the importance attributed to communication activities and, in general, to so-called relational goods on the part of the same businesses. In fact, the management style of the businesses dealing with the Economy of Communion resulted in being characterized by particular attention towards the working climate and the “human factor”, with consequent specific and important attributions to the care of personnel and communication.

Undergraduate Degree in Business Economy
University of Studies of Genova

November 4, 2008
Language: Italian

Thesis: EoC Businesses: Seeds of Fraternity in the Management of the Market in the Third Millennium
Thesis Chair: Prof. Federico Fontana

A new idea of economy has been presented that is different from those known until now (for example: the state economy, the market economy, communism, capitalism, etc.). This economy privileges relationships between interested parties (first of all, the needy), aiming at collaboration, fraternity, sharing and communion. In other words, man again becomes protagonist and works in the optic of the common good, striving to reach the objectives just stated. In particular, this thesis analyzes a business of the EoC, the “Tassano Consortium”, and shows how it would be possible to put this new economic model into practice and at the same time obtain concrete results in Gospel terms (respect of legality, the environment, competitors, personnel, mutual assistance among associates, insertion and personal growth of differently-abled persons, etc.) without penalizing the functioning of the business and its attaining economic results.

Master in Economics
The Poznan University of Economics

December 19, 2008
Language: Polish

Thesis: The Competitive Strategy of the Complex Project Ltd, which adheres to the EoC
Thesis Chair: Prof. Dr. Hab. Józef Orczyk

This thesis aimed at verifying the possibility to apply traditional analysis methods of competitive strategy to businesses that belong  to the EoC project. I concentrated on the case study of the Complex Project Ltd, whose analysis according to the five strengths highlighted by Porter, traditionally used in this type of analysis, provide a completely different vision compared to that of the EoC. The same could call itself the evaluation of attractivity. At the same time, the typical instruments of SWOT/TOWS analysis can be interesting and provide useful information about the functional changes of the business and its strategies.

N30_George_CallejaGeorge Calleja Gera
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Masters in Business
University of Leicester

January 2009
Language: English

Thesis: Do EoC Businesses Adhere in Praxis to the Principles and Values of the Project?
Thesis Chair: Dr. Warren Smith

This thesis´s goal was to verify whether or not the EoC businesses effectively adhere to their principles and values. In particular, three fundamental principles were individualized among those proposed by the EoC: the distribution of profits to the poor, the improvement of relationships with employees and the adjustment of management practices to the interpretive framework of the EoC.

Following the analysis of thirteen enterprises of the EoC, I elaborated three recommendations in their regards. The first: an analysis by qualified and accountable experts would be necessary to evaluate the reasons that these businesses contribute less than expected to the project. The second: greater involvement of employees with respect to the values and goals of the project would be desired. Third: the qualification of operational managers in these businesses should be improved.

N30_Luisa_ColucciLuisa Colucci
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Bachelors in Business Economy
“Federico II”  University of Studies of  Naples

March 24, 2009
Language: Italian

Thesis: Development and Solidarity: the case of the Economy of Communion
Thesis Chair: Prof. Raffaele Sibilio

The general goal of this study was to expand on the aspects that characterize the life of the businesses that are part of the Italian Industrial Park and which draw their inspiration from the principles of the Economy of Communion. Specifically, the author wanted to understand organization under the aspect of communion; point out emerging behaviors among employees, suppliers, clients and institutions; and analyze the principle values.

The conclusion lays out the strengths and weaknesses, the luminous and the dark points of the EoC and the project´s industrial parks, and instruments to adopt and actions to take so that workers are involved.

N30_Paolo_ImpagliazzoPaolo Impagliazzo
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Undergraduate Degree in Business Economy
“Parthenope”  University of Studies of Naples

April 27, 2009
Language: Italian

Thesis: Management and Organizational Profiles of the Economy of Communion: the Case of Tassano Consortium
Thesis Chair: Prof. Federico Alvino

This work is structured in three sections: the first illustrates the origins, founding ideas, objectives and guidelines to respect in order to reach the project´s foreseen objectives; the second analyzes the internal workings of such businesses and how these are different from others present and competing on the market. In particular, it mentions the industrial parks, communities of businesses which are different than industrial districts. In addition, it presents the RainbowScore method used to quantify and give importance to the value produced by the unique management style of these businesses and which is not always taken into consideration. The third part analyzes the business case of the “Robert Tassano” Consortium, a consortium of social cooperatives, and testimonies to full fulfillment in adhering to the EoC Project.

N30_Marianna_PalaroMarianna Palaro
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Undergraduate Degree in Business Economy
University Cà Foscari (Venice)

June 30, 2009
Language: Italian

Thesis: Economy of Communion: an Innovative Proposal of Governance
Thesis Chair: Prof. Marco Vedovato

The thesis focuses on the description of the Economy of Communion, trying to help the reader understand how such a project can influence changes in business governance; this such can become means for resolving problems in the globalized world. The study offers a wide panorama on the EoC program, allowing the reader to take in the main points of the Economy of Communion phenomenon. Such a project is capable of launching interesting challenges, at the level of business governance, to all who intend to adhere to it, facing a path of transition or starting a new business oriented to EoC values. It also highlights how such a project can be a useful instrument in resolving problems resulting from globalization.



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