Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 55, Issue 2, pp 135–146 | Cite as

The Social Dimension of Organizations: Recent experiences with Great Place to Work® assessment practices

  • Marcel van Marrewijk


This paper elaborates on conceptual, empirical and practical arguments why corporations need to focus on their social dimensions, in order to further enhance organizational performance. The paper starts with an introduction on the general trend towards inclusiveness and connectedness. It then elaborates on the phase-wise development of cultures and organizational structures. Managing corporate improvement by building cultures of trust is the central focus of this contribution. By showing the cultural dimensions of Great Places to Work and their workplace practices, worthwhile experiences leading to organizational improvement and superior financial performance are demonstrated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marcel van Marrewijk
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  1. 1.Westplein 5dRotterdamThe Netherlands

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