Humanist Manufacturing: A Humanitarian Approach to Excellence in High-Impact Plant Operations


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Emmanuel Strategic Sustainability LLC
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.56 inches | 0.81 pounds

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About the Author

Dr. Joe Sprangel is an associate professor of business at Mary Baldwin University. He is also the founder and principal consultant of Emmanuel Strategic Sustainability. He blends his academic and industry backgrounds to redefine the role of manufacturing - to an industry that efficiently and effectively balances environmental, financial, and social success that leads to more inclusive and sustainable local economies for all community members. He is active in thought leadership, where manufacturing plays a more substantial role as an integral element of a thriving community. His work explores opportunities to engage members of society who have not generally been considered employable. These individuals can be on the autism spectrum, handicapped, minorities, previously incarcerated, returning veterans, and women. The manufacturing industry has opportunities that can allow each citizen of the world to meet, at a minimum, their needs for just and healthy lives-one where manufacturing exists for a higher purpose far beyond making a profit for shareholders. He made the transition to higher education after 28 years of industry experience. His career included work in machine build and repair, machine design, manufacturing engineering, and plant and engineering management. That experience led to his interest in developing courses and programs emphasizing "learning while doing" assignments and projects that replicate the work done in the industry.Sprangel earned a Doctorate of Business Administration degree from Lawrence Technological University (LTU). He also holds degrees in Master of Business Administration from Spring Arbor University, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University, and an Associate Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from LTU.


"It is all about people. Joe Sprangel's Humanist Manufacturing: A Humanitarian Approach to Excellence in High-Impact Plant Operations comes at the perfect time when our labor markets are in such flux because people are looking for valuable work, not just a paycheck. He gives us a turn-by-turn guide on how to infuse integrity and respect into your leadership style, your product design and your manufacturing strategy." -Christina Cain, Program Manager, Virginia Division of Economic Development and Community Vitality

"Filled with compelling examples of success and countless resources, the Humanist Manufacturing framework provides leaders with a step

by step plan to a sustainable future." -Jair Drooger, Co-Founder/Founder, CT

Assist, The WellMent Company (Certified B Corporation), & MSL Consulting

"This is a welcome addition to the literature on Humanistic Business Management. How we conduct business and why we conduct business are all explored. The case studies of companies operating in a Humanist way are extremely helpful and enlightening. Humanism is not just a theoretical idea. It's a practical one that yields profitable results for the companies who apply it to their businesses. If you want to learn what it looks like to operate a manufacturing company in a Humanist way, Joe Sprangel's book is a must read." -Jennifer Hancock, Founder, Humanist Learning Systems

"This book is a comprehensive approach to leading with the heart in a world full of hard nosed decision making. It ties together the many parts of modern management theory with the oft overlooked special circumstances of leadership in todays pressure cooker manufacturing environment. It is designed to be a helpmate, not a read through once and forget it book. With questions for reflection and additional readings relevant to each chapter it is designed to be on your desk as opposed to on your shelf. It is full of actionable ideas that can be applied both every day and during times of strategic thinking and planning. A great book from which any leader can learn!" -Fred Keller, Founder and Chair, Cascade Engineering, A Certified B Corporation

"Manufacturing companies that follow Joe Sprangel's recommendation of adopting the B Corp model within his humanist manufacturing framework can also draw great people with a sense of purpose. Furthermore, organizations that use this business framework can become integral partners making a similar positive impact in their communities." -Michael Pirron, Founder & CEO, Impact Makers

"Humanist Manufacturing is more than just a guide to follow. It gives us a good dose of the application of humanism in the book's arrangement. I think you will feel better reading this, even if you are not ready to apply Dr. Sprangel's 6 Phase Framework of Humanist Manufacturing. I did. It's not just for manufacturers, either. Most of my clients are service businesses and I will be sharing Dr. Sprangel's ideas with them - I already have in presentations he has made for me for my monthly online business forum." -Jan Triplett, Ph.D. CBTAC, CEO, Business Success Center

"Academics can often fall into the trap of giving lip service to the value that practitioners can add to their fields. And, practitioners are often skeptical of the value academics can offer to the people who actually do the work. Joe Sprangel has managed successfully to bridge the gap and provide scholars and practitioners with valuable information that will help everyone during these tumultuous times to understand the theory and manufacturing practice." -Joanne Tritsch, Ph.D, MBA Director & Assistant Professor, Mary Baldwin University