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20 New Dissertations

20 New Dissertations

By Antonella Ferrucci
from "Economia di Comunione - una cultura nuova"  n.28 - December 2008

Being part of the EoC brings many concrete consequences at an organizational level of a business. It is interesting to notice that it also changes the sensitivity for interpersonal relationships and for environment issues as well as issues with the point of view of constructing a more just society, where no one is excluded.

The 20 new dissertations you will find below analyze many of these issuesn28_pag._11_antonella_ferrucci.jpg and compare them with other realities already sensitive to the same issues, such as the Social Responsibility of Businesses or the Workplace Democracy. These new categories were ignored until a short time ago by economic science. They are now analyzed and evaluated also by new tools such as the Rainbow Score. What comes to the front is the human and relational capital. The vision of communion is translated into innovations of the governance at the managerial, control and coordination levels. Citing finally the student Stefano Norcia: “The fuel for the EoC project is the strategic orientation, so rooted in everyone, that it points to the correct course to pursue”.



n28_pag._23_lidia_capozzolo.jpgLidia Capozzolo

Work as a Means of Epochal Passage from the Homo Faber to the Homo Donator

Bachelor in the History of Philosophy

University of Salerno, July 24th, 2002
Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Vittorio Dini

Lidia Capozzolo - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The focus of the study is on the rapport between ethics and work from the perspective of anthropology and philosophy. The experience of the Economy of Communion ties together ethics, economy and solidarity. Within the EoC “is in force” a Trinitarian vision of life and economy, guided by a rationality that can be defined by communion. In the work market a new  figure of a human being called homo donator is emerging, co-creator of the universe whose economic action is enriched by the relationship with others, humanizing the economy. It presents a point of encounter between the Christian vision of the Papal encyclicals and that of Max Weber, according to whom, work, if it is oriented by ethical principles, contributes to the completeness of life and becomes a spiritual resource.

n28_pag._23__alexandre_dominguez_bugarin.jpgAlexandre Dominguez Bugarim

Economy of Communion: Facing Exclusion

Master Degree in Managerail Engineering

Catholic Pontifical University in Rio de Janeiro (PUCRJ), February 11th, 2005       Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor Márcia Cristina Esteves Agostinho

Alexandre Dominguez Bugarim - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The theses’s objective is the planning and organization of the productive systems that can be viewed in the enterprises practicing the Economy of Communion. At the conclusion of the study it is stated that when profit is not seen as the only goal of a corporation, it is possible to identify alternative possibilities of economically substainable work, capable to maintain within it also people normally excluded from society.

n28_pag._23_anderson_assis_de_almeida_lopes.jpgAnderson Assis de Almeida Lopes

The Organizational Culture in the Light of the Economy of Communion

Bachelor Degree in Administration

Faculdade Prudente De Moraes – Itu (San Paulo, Brazil), November 30, 2006, Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor Auriléia Prado Cicerelli D’ Alvia

Anderson Assis de Almeida Lopes - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The organizational culture of a business is generated by the values, rules and acquired traditions which influence also the acting and thinking of the business’s partners.  To analyze the contribution that being part of the EoC exerts on it, the study chose to examine two Brazilian enterprises who already opted for the Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility: the Natura Cosméticos SA, a large enterprise producing cosmetics, perfumes and cleaning supplies, and the Femaq, Fundição, Machines and Engenharia Ltda, a middle-sized enterprise that produces metal smelting and casting, which is part of the EoC.
From the analyses of the differences between their organizational cultures the student found that being part of the EoC brings a keener attention to these items: on a correct environmental development, on transparency and ethics in relationship with internal and external partners. This shows what role the EoC businesses can have for a more just society.


Valdir Fernandes

The Environmental Dimension of Productive Organizations: an Analysis of the Rationality of the Economy of Communion.

Doctorate in Environmental Organizational Management

Federal University of Santa Catarina (Brazil), May 20, Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor Fernando S. P. Sant'Anna
Valdir Fernandes - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

When we take into account the environmental considerations in our instrumental rationality, governing the productive processes makes such rationality “substantial”.
Seven Brazilian enterprises of the EoC have been analyzed, among the businesses with potentially meaningful environmental impact. The theses found positive results underlining the importance of a management based on criterions of substantial rationality and highlighting how the special attention given to the environment comes from the spiritual and moral values at the base of the project.

n28_pag._22_elizabeth_garlow.jpgElizabeth Garlow

Key Connections for a Way of Communion: Linking the Economy of Communion Project to Corporate Social Responsibility and Workplace Democracy

Bachelor Degree in Political Science and International Economy

Kalamazoo College - Kalamazoo, Michigan (USA), June 3, 2007, Language: English
Theses Chair: Professor Dr. John Dugas
Elizabeth Garlow - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This thesis involves an evaluation of the extent to which the Economy of Communion (EOC) project embodies the criteria established by the paradigms of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Workplace Democracy, while examining the practices of EOC businesses in Brazil and Argentina to evalute if EOC can tap into to tap into creating new networks in both public and private sectors.
 Seven weeks were spent interviewing 52 business owners and employees in 22 businesses to evalutate their levels of commitment in the areas of ‘external’ and ‘environmental’ responsibility, relating to CSR, while examining their level of ‘internal responsibility’ reguarding the embodiment of the Workplace Democracy paradigm.
 The analysis revealed a 'high level' commitment to the external and environmental areas of the CSR paradigm where applicable. (...) While the very nature of the EOC initiative and its mission of profit redistribution make it difficult to classify EOC businesses as fitting into a paradigm of Workplace Democracy, EOC business owners have ensured the implementation of several policies stemming from the EOC ethos that are characteristic of democratic firms.

n28_pag._25_luigi_cioffi.jpgLuigi Cioffi

 Ethics, Philanthropy and Economy of Communion for the Competitiveness of the Third Millennium

Master in: Applied Economy to Productive Sectors

University “G.D’ANNUNZIO” – Pescara (Italy), July 19, 2007, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Pier Luigi Sacco
Luigi Cioffi - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This theses was a trip in three parts into the world of the non-profit and of the enterprise’s responsibility. This revealed unknown realities to the author. The first stop was following the dream, the study, the birth and the evolution of a foundation for scientific research in the medical field: enthusiasm and tenacity turned into the realization of a laboratory where scientists, entrepreneurs, professionals, managers and common people, all in synergy, will do something for humanity.
The second stage was an unusual fashion show realized by a group of artisans of the fabric factories of Florence, together with a women’s prison.
The third experience was the discovery of the Economy of Communion which, from the viewpoint of universal brotherhood and the construction of the unity of the human family, proposes an example of progress characterized by ethics and eco-solidarity: a seriously working and dynamic reality that has inaugurated its first European Business Park in Incisa Valdarno (near Florence, Italy).

n28_pag._23_gloria_comper.jpgGloria Comper

Forms of Actions in Support of Marginal Economies: an Historical-Economic Reading

Bachelor Degree in Economy

University of Trento, July 25th, 2007, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Andrea Leonardi

Gloria Comper - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The student tried to rediscover the significance and importance of cooperation, analyzing the Cooperative Credit, Micro Credit and the EoC Project.
The Cooperative Credit grants loans only on the basis of relationships of trust, making the sense of responsibility grow in the members and promoting moderation and saving among those who are well off. Micro Credit recognizes in the “untouchable by credit” the presence of talents, needs, values, and only one ability for return. It sets in motion a true revolution from below that allows the poorest to improve their life’s conditions.
Also the EoC project places every person at the center. In the respect and freedom of everyone, the business adopts behaviors turned to communion and values relationships inside and outside the enterprise. The sharing of profits demands a profound cultural change.
The three models have in common placing human beings at the center of every action of support and by the conviction that their economic action of mutual help can keep together the values of solidarity with those of freedom and efficiency. They have in common also the will to strengthen trust in themselves and in others.

n28_pag._26_rocilda_lima_cangussu.jpgRocilda Lima Cangussu

EoC: the Proposal of a New Economic Model for the Capitalistic Society of the City of Açailândia – The Experience of R.M. Clothing Industry LTDA

Master Degree in Corporate Governance

State University of Maranhão, July 30th, 2007, Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor Alberto Sergio Maia Da Silva

Rocilda Lima Cangussu - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

La tesi intende proporre alla città di Açailândia (Brasile) il progetto EdC come nuovo modello economico, capace di trasformare le categorie aziendali, analizzandolo tramite questionari, interviste e ricerche bibliografiche e constatando che non si tratta di un progetto utopico: le aziende coinvolte e gli indigenti aiutati dimostrano che il progetto è valido e rappresenta un grande valore sociale. L'EdC è una esperienza concreta in grado di dimostrare che la comunione nella libertà può funzionare. Il processo è lungo e graduale. Gli imprenditori di Açailândia dicono che sarebbero in buona parte interessati a conoscere il progetto EdC: Açailândia è "terra fertile”.

n28_pag._24_marie_charpigny.jpgMarie Charpigny

The Economy of Communion, Salvation for the Market Economy? A Comparison among the Social Economy of Solidarity, the Social Responsibility of the Enterprises, the Toyota Way and the Economy of Communion

Master Degree in Economy and Management

Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France, July 31st, 2007, Language: French 
Theses Chair: Professor Marie-Anne Dujarier

Marie Charpigny - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The research took place in two stages, one within the French soap factory Rampal  and the other within the Rural Bank Bangko Kabayan in the Philippines, both EoC enterprises, reaching the conclusion that, in regard to the other management proposals, the EoC contributes several novelties:

- it gives sense to our work
- it fights against the disparity of wealth in the world by sharing their profits
- placing the accent on everyone’s “good will”, it improves the climate of businesses even in a profit system
- it instituted a powerful structure to reinforce and guaranty its development


n28_pag._22_cludia_herrero_martins_menegassi.jpgCláudia Herrero Martins Denegassi

The Bureaucratic Organization Model: the Study of the Enterprises at the Spartaco Industrial Park because of their Approach to the Economy of Communion

Master Degree in Administration

State University of Maringá, September 21st, 2007, Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor Dr. Cristiane Vercesi

Cláudia Herrero Martins Denegassi - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The model of the “bureaucratic organization”, at the present time dominant in organizations, is not efficient for the effects it produces in the lives of the workers.
Through questionnaires given to the businesses at the Spartaco Industrial Park the theses wanted to verify if those businesses who want to place “human beings” at the center of their productive activity, utilize or not such a model. It was ascertained that all the enterprises recognize the need for the use of a moderate grade of bureaucratization for reaching their own economic objectives, more in the industrial enterprises than in those of services.  But, since they pay more attention to their partners this bureaucratic organization is perceived in a less negative way.

n28_pag._26_salvatore_iuppariello.jpgSalvatore Iuppariello

Economy of Communion, Managerial, Organizational and Economic Profiles

Doctorate in Business Economy

University of Napoli "Parthenope", November 26th, 2007, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Federico Alvino

Salvatore Iuppariello - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Purpose of the theses was to analyze the EoC businesses from an economic-business perspective.  The innovative elements regarding the mission, the management and transparency were illustrated, evaluating in the case of the ECIE srl the economic, ethic and value-based performance according to seven dimensions proposed by the method Rainbow Score. The conclusion is that the message of the EoC enterprises does not stop at the sharing of the profits and fighting poverty, common in the other experiences, but it is the realization of a way of production capable of reinforcing the interpersonal bonds. The ECIE Srl proved to be a concrete testimonial of how it is possible to remain competitive while placing at the center of all activities the kindness toward all people, whether they are employees or competitors or suppliers.

n28_pag._23_alexandre_santos.jpgAlexandre Santos

The EoC Approach as a Strategy for the Local Development

Master Degree in Local Development

Federal University of Pernambuco (Brazil), December 19th, 2007, Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor José Raimundo de Oliveira Vergolino

Alexandre Santos - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The student evaluated the probabilities for success in the realization of territorial programs by the EoC enterprises. Utilizing the data collected from the EoC businesses of the metropolitan area of Recife, a study was conducted to see their contribution to development and the conclusion was that this type of businesses is the right kind to set the basis for a program of territorial development and it can also open up new alternatives for the institutions responsible for it.

n28_pag._25_michel_carvalho_ribeiro.jpgMichel Carvalho Ribeiro

The Sharing of Profits in the Economy of Communion Enterprises: the Case Study of the Business of Entrepreneurial Consulting VSM

Bachelor Degree in Science of Accouting


Federal University of Parà – UFPA (Brasile), December 21st, 2007, Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor José Luíz Nunes Fernandes

Michel Carvalho Ribeiro - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of the theses was to evaluate the EoC history and principles and to verify its practical implications in the life of an EoC business. Through questionnaires for the employees and a talk with the entrepreneur, a study was conducted on the business that had been part of the EoC for two years, to evaluate the perception of the people interviewed about their participation in the project. To make the evaluation possible also from a financial viewpoint, the business made also available their accounting data. From this we can state that the business - although it adopts the practice of sharing its profits considered by many impractical – is financially healthy and applies faithfully another EoC principle, to continue to grow so as to be able to continue to share.

luca_ridolfi.jpgLuca Ridolfi

From the CSR to the Economy of Communion – The Case of the Lionello Business Park

Bachelor Degree in Managerial Process Engineering

University of Bologna, January 18th, 2008, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Mariolina Longo

Luca Ridolfi - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The purpose of this work was to verify if the EoC can be considered an “evolution” from the Corporate Social Responsibility and to describe what consequences are involved for the enterprise’s management. It describes the birth of the Industrial and Business Parks and clarifies the peculiar aspects of the EoC with examples like the Lionello Business Park and a consulting network. The result is the Eoc can be viewed as an evolution of CSR and its application brings remarkable advantages not only at a socio-environment level but also at the level of the enterprise.

n28_pag._23_guido_vaz_silva.jpgGuido Vaz Silva

Power and Decisions in the Economy of Communion Businesses: a Case Study

Master Degree in Administration

Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC), March 17th, 2008,
Language: Portuguese
Theses Chair: Professor Sérgio Proença Leitão
Guido Vaz Silva - email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A research was conducted to study the decisional dynamics of the enterprises connected to the Economy of Communion Project. It was carried out through contacts with various entrepreneurs during an EoC National Brazilian Convention and a case study of the Prodiet Farmacêutica.
Differentiated characteristics were found, deriving from an inversion of values which the principles of the project demand, in regard to the dualism of capital/work, typical of the capitalistic system.
The conclusions were that the most significant contribution of the EoC project is the building of interactions closer to human needs which, not by chance, give them also the development possibilities and competitive participation in the market.

n28_pag._24_elisa_zanacchi.jpgElisa Zanacchi

The Economy of Communion Enterprises: a Possible ‘Enterprise-ism’

Bachelor Degree in Business Economy

Commercial University L. Bocconi, June 17th, 2008, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Giorgio Fiorentini
Elisa Zanacchi - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The theses examines the principles of the EoC experience applied to business management. After an analysis of the project, its founding principles and the logic characterizing them, the theses is divided into an analysis of the governing mechanisms of the EoC enterprises, the relationships among the various subjects interested in the business and the control systems and external accounting of the EoC enterprises.  Applying the method of the Rainbow Score to the case study of the Tassano Consortium the theses quantified and made explicit the economic value of the relationships.
The enterprises’ experiences demonstrate the economic feasibility of the EoC project, whose future spreading will be conditioned by the difficulty in applying gratuitousness inside a business, which assumes solid religious and ethic-moral principles..

n28_pag._24_antonella_portone.jpgAntonella Portone

The Homo Donator in the EoC – a New Way of Economic Action

PhD in Sociology

University “La Sapienza” in Rome, July 8th, 2008, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Antonietta Di Vito

Antonella Portone - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The specificity of the culture of giving of the Focolare Movement, to understand the principles informing the EoC, was analyzed within the scope of the EoC: the business behaviors, the reciprocity experiences, the sharing and gratuitousness of this new people who makes much less noise than the “great” of this earth, and yet proposes solutions and offers dignity and hope.
The ancient dream of humanity is living in a just society that makes us happy. The culture of giving that moves thousands of people all over the world, tends to realize a new humanism renewed by brotherhood, root for all of authentic equality and freedom, today is necessary for the survival of human communities.

n28_pag._26_stefano_norcia.jpgStefano Norcia

The Importance of the Human and Relational Capital: a Survey of the Italian Businesses of the Economy of Communion

Bachelor Degree in Economy

Catholic University of the Sacred Heart – seat of Rome, July 22nd, 2008, Language: Italian 
Theses Chair: Professor Alessandra Smerilli

Stefano Norcia - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The structural and managerial policies of the EoC enterprises come from a new idea of the enterprise as a moral subject, where all partners reflect their values inside of it. As a case study, the businesses of the EoC Lionello Bonfanti Business Park were considered, evaluating through questionnaires with the Rainbow Score method, both the economic and ethical-value based results.
The conclusion is that the vision of communion is translated into innovations of governance, control and coordination and that the “fuel” of the EoC Project is the strategic basic orientation of each partner, at this point so rooted in each one that it points to the correct course to pursue.

giovanna_gabbi.jpgGiovanna Gabbi

Economy of Communion: a Relational Economic Way of Behaving

Master Degree in Evaluation of Public and Territorial Policies

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia – Economy Department "Marco Biagi", September 25, 2008, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Antonella Picchio

Giovanna Gabbi - e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Starting from writings about the history of economic thought and comparing them with the writings of EoC authors, the theses explored the ethical foundations and the concrete experiences of the EoC Project, highlighting its affinity with the approach of Human Development and evaluating its sustainability and extendibility.
The study showed how the EoC can respond to the needs for sense meaning?[?], more and more present in economy, and how it constitutes a concrete experience of civil economy, on the footsteps of the humanistic traditions.

n28_pag._25_rebeca_gmez_tafallaRebeca Gómez Tafalla

From the Welfare State to the Civil Welfare: a New Agorá for Europe

Bachelor Degree in Diplomatic and International Science

University of Genoa, October 27th, 2008, Language: Italian
Theses Chair: Professor Daniela Preda

Rebeca Gómez Tafalla - email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
The work’s goal is to underline the necessity that Europe will pass from a paternalistic welfare to an enabling welfare where each person is respected in his or her dignity and placed in conditions that enable each to do her or his part.  The Welfare State, a victory of civilization in Europe, does not hold up anymore because it reduced the citizens’ sense of responsibility and paradoxically induced a loss of democracy.
We need a new model of “civil welfare” based on a climate of trust, typical of the civil economy, accepting the diversity of everyone’s motivations instead of considering only the motivation of self-interest. This last one is unable to explain the presence of social types like the EoC project, for which, in their range of values, the passion for the other is the priority.



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