Business organizations as living beings

Lluís Balagué Gómez, Núria Arimany-Serrat


Purpose: The objective of the work is to assess whether the Organic Model is a management model that positively impacts the environment of organizations and facilitates their survival. This model considers that all organisms actively integrated by human beings, become their own entities that maintain a similar structure as a reflection of these. The holistic vision of the human being and, consequently, of the organizations, from which the Organic Model starts, provides the management of the company with a greater awareness of the impact of its actions, facilitates its coherence with values and invigorates its identity.

Design/methodology: The methodology is exploratory and consists of a bibliographic search on companies as living organisms, with different indicators of the business sector, in tune with the allocation and management of resources, process improvement, the good climate of the organization, adequate training and balanced rotation of workers, to enjoy longer life expectancy, with transparency of their financial indicators, non-financial, social, ethical and emotional of the organization.

Findings: The application of the Organic Model in organizations contrasts the mechanistic approaches and complete systemic approaches by including the interaction of all the essential forces that make up an organization: its own culture and identity, people, processes and resources.

Originality/value: Valuing that a business organization is a living being allows us to have a series of human qualities and not just a set of assets, liabilities and results. An organization with awareness and values generates social, cultural or environmental benefits, beyond its own economic results and interacts with the environment providing added value.


Organic model, living organization, business ethics, organic leadership, spiritual intelligence, humanistic economy

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Intangible Capital, 2004-2024

Online ISSN: 1697-9818; Print ISSN: 2014-3214; DL: B-33375-2004

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