Business Ethics Center
Corvinus University Budapest

European SPES Institute

Business Ethics Faculty Group
CEMS - Global Alliance
in Management Education

Ethics, Meaning, and Market Society

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Laszlo Zsolnai Ethics, Meaning, and Market Society. Routledge, New York , 2018. (This book may be available at: Routledge)

This book explores the underlying causes of the pervasive dominance of ‘unethics’ in contemporary affairs in economics, business, and society. It is argued that the state of unethics is related to the overexpansion of market and market values in all spheres of social life and human activities. A correlate of this development is the emergence of an extremely individualistic, materialistic and narcissistic mind-set that dictates the decisions and behavior of people and organizations.

Integral Ecology and Sustainable Business

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Ove Jakobsen & Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.) Integral Ecology and Sustainable Business. Emerald, 2017. (This book may be available at: Emerald)

This collection addresses the relationship between business, the natural environment, ethics, and spirituality. While traditional economic theory generally assumed firms maximize profits, it has long been acknowledged that other factors may be important to understanding firm activities. The role of ethics and spirituality in society is clearly significant, yet economists have traditionally had little to say on these topics and how they intersect with economic activity.

Business for the Greater Good: GNH Rating for Enterprises

A paper on “Business for the Greater Good: GNH Rating for Enterprises” by Laszlo Zsolnai and Zoltan Valcsicsak was presented at the 7th International Conference on Gross National Happiness in November 7-9, 2017 in Thimpu, Bhutan. The authors argued that Gross National Happiness (GNH) provides an alternative framework that can help enterprises to develop broader, more inclusive business models that aim to serve the greater good of society. The four pillars of GNH may be used to develop a holistic, multidimensional scheme to measure the environmental, social, cultural, and governance performance of business enterprises. Zsolnai and Valcsicsak presented an operational model which suggests rating companies according to their performances in pillars defined by GNH


Can Big Business Become Sustainable?

Daniel Strain's interview with Laszlo Zsolnai „Can big business become sustainable?” Future Earth October 27, 2017

Progressive Business Models: Creating Sustainable and Pro-social Enterprise

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Eleanor O'Higgins & Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.) Progressive Business Models: Creating Sustainable and Pro-social Enterprise. Palgrave-Macmillan, London, 2017. (This book may be available at: Palgrave)

The book collects and analyzes 11 exemplary cases of progressive business. Progressive business is understood as ecologically sustainable, future respecting and pro-social enterprise. The collected cases aim to show the best to be expected from business in the 21st century.

Economics as a Moral Science

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Peter Rona & Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.) Economics as a Moral Science. Springer, 2017. (This book may be available at: Springer)

The book is an attempt to reclaim economics as a moral science. It argues that ethics is a relevant aspect of all levels of economic activity, from individual and organizational to societal and global. Taking ethical considerations into account is needed in explaining and predicting the behavior of economic agents as well as in evaluating and designing economic policies and mechanisms. The book employs the personalist approach that sees human persons with free will and conscience as the basic agents of economic life and defines human flourishing as the final end of economic activities.

Ethical Leadership. Indian and European Spiritual Approaches

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Madhumita Chatterji & Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.) Ethical Leadership. Indian and European Spiritual Approaches. Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016. (This book may be available at: Palgrave)

Addressing issues of human values, ethics, spirituality and leadership in business the authors of this volume create a dialogue and interchange between Indian and European cultural traditions. Topics include spiritual orientations to business in Hindu, Buddhist and Christian traditions; the effect of spirituality upon contemporary leadership theories; sustainable business models in India and Europe and a comparison between Indian and European philosophies of leadership. In exploring what India and Europe can offer to one another in the development of ethical business leadership, the book aims to demonstrate ways to achieve sustainability, peace and well-being.

Post-Materialistic Business: Spiritual Value-Orientation in Renewing Management

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Laszlo Zsolnai Post-Materialistic Business: Spiritual Value-Orientation in Renewing Management. Palgrave, 2015. (This book may be available at: Palgrave )

The book presents a spiritual-based approach to business and management. It uses pluralistic view of spirituality and provides a number of inspiring cases of alternative organizations which go beyond the materialistic mindset of business and serve the common good of society, nature, and future generations. The cases cover different spiritual traditions (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Anthroposophy, and Buddhism), different industries (banking, agriculture, health care, education) and regions (Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, and Asia).

The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management. Springer, 2015. (This book may be available at: Springer)

This book discloses the spiritual dimension in business ethics and sustainability management. Spirituality is understood as a multiform search for meaning which connects people with all living beings and God or Ultimate Reality. In this sense, spirituality is a vital source in social and economic life. The volume examines the spiritual orientations to nature and business in different cultural traditions: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Sufism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism. It studies how spirituality and ecology can contribute to transforming contemporary management theory and praxis. It discusses new leadership roles and business models that emerge for sustainability in business and shows how entrepreneurship can be inspired by nature and spirituality in a meaningful way.​

Beyond Self: Ethical and Social Dimensions of Economics

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Laszlo Zsolnai Beyond Self: Ethical and Social Dimensions of Economics. Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2014. (This book may be available at: Peter Lang)

This book addresses ethical and spiritual issues in economics. The central idea advanced in the book is that the extreme focus on the self by economic actors leads to the destruction of both material and non-material values. The assumptions of self-interest in behavior represent the core of mainstream economics today. From this perspective, the welfare of economic agents depends on their own consumption; their goal is to maximize their own welfare; and their choice is guided by the pursuit of their own goals.