John A. Ryan Institute

for Catholic Social Thought

Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business

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Respect in Action: Applying Subsidiarity in Business is a book addressed to business leaders committed to implementing sustainable organizational changes consistent with the key principles of Catholic Social Thought.  It is directed to managers whose decisions and purposes influence not only the economy, but the lives of men and women around the world who work for them. Subsidiarity invites organizations to pursue the common good through practices that take the integral development of the human person at least as seriously as economic prosperity. We believe this book has something important to say to practitioners as well as to business faculty and students.

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Praise for Respect in Action

‌“An organization can only become the best-version-of itself to the extent that the people who drive the organization are becoming better-versions-of-themselves. Their destinies are linked. Respect in Action is a fabulous offering that examines this important connection. I was particularly struck by the reflection on the moral and spiritual roots of subsidiarity. This is a must read for leaders.”

-Matthew Kelly
President of the Floyd Consulting and Founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute

“This monograph is essential for any business leader who cares about the only thing in their business with eternal value- people.”

-C. William Pollard
Former Chairman and CEO of ServiceMaster

“I shared Respect in Action with twelve senior executives from a 450 million dollar revenue corporation. All expressed appreciate… the principle of subsidiarity restores the person to a proper central concern in organization design.”

-Andre L. Delbecq
Professor, Santa Clara University

“A very important work. This essay shows the value and potential of bringing insights from a Christian perspective to the business world. I believe this focused application of subsidiarity will help many businesses and organizations improve their operational performance precisely by creating a more enlightened and just workplace—leading to growth and flourishing, a more committed and engaged workforce, and, eventually, a more just society. And this is truly a ‘good work!’”

-Sister Maureen McGuire, DC
Executive Vice President, Mission Integration, Ascension Health


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