Honors Theses


Steve Hall and Ray Fitz


MIS, OM, and Decision Sciences

Publication Date

Spring 4-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis


“Job Design: A Human Approach through Catholic Social Teaching and Job Design Theories” is a thesis that looks at the stories of job design theories and catholic social teaching in the last 150 years. Both stories are told and analyzed independently. The story of job design theories begins with Fredrick Taylor, moves to applied psychology, and finishes with contemporary practices that include lean production. The story of Catholic Social Teaching starts with Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum, includes one document from Second Vatican Council, and three other papal encyclicals ending with Pope Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate. Then both stories are analyzed together to find any similarities. Together both stories develop a deeper understanding of humanity and strive to respect and uphold the dignity of every person. Concluding remarks discuss that managers can design jobs that follow a practical application of Catholic Social Teaching.

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Undergraduate research


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