Thirteen new EoC theses

In the last few months, we have heard of thirteen new graduating theses on the EoC, including 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 old-order four-year degree, 8 specializations and 2 doctorate theses.

Thirteen new EoC theses

By Antonella Ferrucci

from "Economy of Communion - a new culture" N.32 - December 2010

Alejandra Vásquez

Strategic Direction Plan of Fattoria Loppiano

Masters in Social Politics and Strategic Direction for Territorial Sustainable Development

University of Studies, Bologna, September 25, 2006, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof. Cristina Falcaro, Prof. Ugo Alberti

Alejandra VasquezThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The aim of the thesis was to know and understanding the workings of a socially responsible EoC cooperative and prepare a strategic plan for its development. The four topics addressed included: a) the formulation of the mission, b) the analysis of the human, economic, territorial and institutional dimensions, c) the Internal SWOT analysis (detecting and evaluating resources and competences) and External SWOT analysis (environmental hypotheses and definitions of optimistic, normal and pessimistic settings), and d) reporting a management plan proposal. The analysis opened the way to creating a plan of strategic direction.

Mauricio Custódio Serafim

On this church I will build my business: religious organizations and entrepreneurship

Doctorate (PhD)

School of Business Administration of São Paulo, Fondazione Getulio Vargas (FGV-EAESP) , February 22, 2008, Language: Portuguese, Thesis chair: Prof. Ana Cristina Braga Martes

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Utilizing instruments of economic sociology to address “In what way in Brazil do religious organizations promote and support entrepreneurship among their members”, the thesis analyzes a case study of the Catholic Church, through the Focolare Movement, and the Evangelical Church, through the “Reborn in Christ” Movement.

Research highlighted that a particular kind of social capital is created in such religious organizations, which as a whole facilitate entrepreneurial activity.  These create a “system of meaning” that offers the entrepreneur self-esteem, hope and faith in the quality of his actions and specific technical services, linked to professional formation and national and international exchanges, which often lead to partnerships and relationships with new clients and suppliers.

Daniela Marcellini

Ways of fighting poverty: Economy of Communion and Microcredit

Degree in Development Economy, ante D.M. 509/99

University of Studies Federico II,  Naples, July 21, 2009, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof.ssa Liliana Bàculo

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This thesis investigated which kind of contribution the EoC and microcredit can provide in the fight against poverty, and, as such models founded on the development of the human person, beginning from the grassroots, they can be paired with public intervention to allow the poor to reach self-sufficiency by developing their capacities and potential. After a phase of library research and having analyzed which types of poverty these two models fight against, the study focused interviews with EoC businesses and the Moscati Foundation for Microcredit in Campania, and various contacts for further research in the field were brought together. The study concludes that both microcredit and the EoC create beneficial effects in the areas of production, increased employment, income, consumption and worker participation – therefore, human development. Due to low productivity of the business activities financed through microcredit, it is not certain that this model secures long-term development.

Maria Inés Silvestro

Economy of Communion: two case studies in Argentina

Masters in Business Administration

Catholic University of Salta, December 16, 2009, Language: Spanish, Thesis chair: Prof. Mg Ricardo Paz

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Two Argentinean EoC business are compared with similar businesses outside of the project. What emerges from this study is that in order to face three main challenges – entrepreneurial culture, strategy and finance – EoC businesses must open their doors to scholars and experts who know the project in order to develop a culture that is functional in the businesses of the community

Heloisa Helena Gonçalves

Detecting new horizons for renewed ethical behavior: creating networks and concretizing a culture of sharing in the Economy of Communion

Doctorate (PhD) in human geography

Universidade Federal Fluminense, December 18, 2009, Language: Portuguese, Thesis chair: Prof. Ruy Moreira

Heloisa Helena Gonçalves - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The thesis studies the relationship between the EoC and other experiences of alternative economy that consider economy within the wider setting of human flourishing. It concludes by highlighting the importance of creating networks that involve all actors linked to the project, and in particular, all those who receive aid for basic necessities from the businesses. May these relationship networks be built on a local and global scale inspired by a logic of “grassroots” functioning, which emerges as one of the most successful characteristics of the project.

Maria Chiara Pizzighella

Management and interpersonal relationships in hospitality businesses that adhere to the Economy of Communion project

Undergraduate degree in Sociology, Graduate degree in Tourism Science and Local Communities

University of Studies, Milan, April 12, 2010, Language: Italian,Thesis chair: Prof. Paolo Bonelli

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In managing touristic hospitality businesses that adhere to the EoC project, the thesis the relevance of personal relationships and their impact in relationships with clients, employees and all stakeholders in a business. The study, which also included a description of the business parks and especially of Lionello Business Park, analyzed the main aspects of the Focolare Movement and the EoC project, as well as underlining the importance of the concept of gratuitousness. The awareness that whoever works in an EoC business contributes to these greater goals through their work increases one’s feeling of belonging and provokes notable economic upturns.

Caelison Lima de Andrade

The relationship between extrinsic and intrinsic motivations in contemporary economic theory: the contributions of the theory and praxis of the Economy of Communion in Freedom project

Masters degree

Sophia University Institute, Loppiano, June 28, 2010, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof. Luigino Bruni

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This thesis’s objective was to present the importance of the role of “intrinsic motivations” in the theory and praxis of the EoC. After having deepened the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivations, the thesis describes organizations with ideal motives (OMI) in which intrinsic motivations are indispensible. Finally, with the results of a questionnaire given to directors and employees of the fifteen EoC businesses at Lionello Business Park, the thesis analyzes motivations in order to identify the presence of the so-called “motivational spill-over effect”.

Léonce Maniriho

Environmental problems and the world’s hunger phenomenon. In favor of “cooperation of communion”

Undergraduate degree in Political Science, Development and Cooperation

University of Studies, Turin, July 8, 2010, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof. Giangiacomo Bravo

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The thesis analyzes to what degree the current market economy, having lost sight of man, is at the origin of environmental detriment, food insecurity and cooperation to development. What emerges is that only a humanizing economy, which places the human person back at the center of its actions can resolve the thorny problem of the environment and cooperation to development. Today, the EoC represents unprecedented hope for a more just and more fraternal world capable of overcome these challenges, as it puts the integral good of the human person at the center of its action.

Alberto Sanchez Gonzalez

Social Network theory, analysis, reciprocity and organizations: a meeting perspective in light of the Economy of Communion

Masters degree

Sophia University Institute, Loppiano, September 13, 2010, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof. Luigino Bruni

Alberto Sanchez Gonzalez This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The thesis utilizes mathematical graph theory to analyze the network of relationships within organizations, with particular attention to those which have very significant relationships, which are called “hub” or “concentrators”, subjects of vital importance for any kind of organization. Under the economic perspective, the thesis therefore analyzes the characteristics of workers that work in organizations with ideal motives in which intrinsic motivations and values are included in the business mission.Sophia University Institute, as an institution with motivations that go beyond academic studies, was the object of inquiry through a questionnaire completed by 70% of the people there. The network was designed and the conclusion was drawn that there are a number of significant-type relationships among professors, staff and students.

Cristiane Correa da Silva

A comparison of Brazilian Solidarity Economy, Italian Social Economy and the Economy of Communion: theory and praxis

Masters degree

Sophia University Institute, Loppiano, September 17, 2010, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof. Luigino Bruni

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What inspired this thesis was the observation of a certain consonance between the EoC, Social Economy and Solidarity Economy. Analyzing the experiences of these three expressions of alternative economy, the thesis concluded that, despite notable differences, the link between the three experiences exists and is strong. In the post-modern movement of research of a new post-capitalist economy, these three experiences have much to offer to building a more human and humanizing economy. Now that the EoC has reached the church and the world, also thanks to the mention given to it in the encyclical Caritas in Veritate, the hope is that it can collaborate always more to the spreading of the culture of unity, widening its own horizon without renouncing its costly and courageous faithfulness to the charism from which it was born.

Umberto Manuel Cataneo

Ethical-social aspects of Welfare Being in Italy

Masters in Economics of Financial and Insurance Intermediaries

Libera Università “Maria SS. Assunta”, Rome, October 5, 2010, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof.ssa Rita Di Biase

Umberto Manuel Cataneo - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The complexity of the social questions posed by new carriers of needs makes new balances a priority in traditional systems of the social state. In the current process of transformation, the appeal to forms of subsidiarity that value always more local action and private subjects is growing. The thesis discusses the Welfare Society, a set of activities that reinvest without distributing profits, generating in this way public utilities for all. In this new context, there is always more space dedicated to the value of reciprocity and relationality, both by the ethical and social point of view as by the economic viewpoint.

Campanini Fabio

Economy and happiness: theories, empirical evidence and experiences

Masters in Applied Economics

Sacred Heart Catholic University, Piacenza, October 29, 2010, Language: Italian, Thesis chair: Prof. Rizzi Paolo

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This thesis analyzes the relationship between “happiness” and “relational goods”. After having discussed the various theories related to the relationship between happiness and economy, there are three particular “economic experiences” described: that of the Franciscan economy, that inspired by the guidelines of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, and finally the experience of the Economy of Communion.What comes into light is the importance of human values in peoples’ happiness and the relatively limited role that consumption and income have, compared to those of relational goods. If one aims at changing the current economic vision, towards greater attention to the person, the economy of communion represents a step in the right direction.

Leite Alves McDade Luís Antonio

Crisis as an opportunity to rethink economics

Masters in Economics

Catholic University of Portugal, Porto, November 5, 2010, Language: Portuguese, Thesis chair: Prof. Nuno Ornelas Martins

Leite Alves McDade Luís AntonioThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The recent economic crisis has highlighted the difficulty of current economic models in foreseeing what happens and their inadequateness in providing economic and political indications for overcoming the crisis.It was evident that markets are not capable of self-regulation, if not in rare and particular conditions, which imposes a radical paradigm change, renouncing the current vision of economics formulated on the rationality of a self-interested economic agent.An interesting and promising proposal  in this sense is that of the “civil economy and economy of communion”, cited by Benedict XVI as an alternative with great potential for its general applicability to the reality of business affairs.To this end, it is necessary to identify legal and fiscal configurations that allow in various national realities the development of new forms of business, which seek profit not as an end in itself but as a humanizing instrument of the market and of society, theorized, and in some way already practiced in the environment of the economy of communion.

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