Books

Spirituality and Ethics in Management

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) Spirituality and Ethics in Management. Springer, 2011. (This book may be available at: Springer)

The book is a collection of scholarly papers focusing on the role of spirituality and ethics in renewing the contemporary management praxis. The basic argument is that a more inclusive, holistic and peaceful approach to management is needed if business and political leaders are to uplift the environmentally degrading and socially disintegrating world of our age. The book uses diverse value-perspectives (Hindu, Catholic, Buddhist, and Humanist) and a variety of disciplines (philosophy, ethics, management studies, psychology, and organizational sciences) to extend traditional reflections on corporate purpose and focuses on a self-referential organizational-existential search for meaning, identity and success.  Contributions include papers by European SPES Forum founding members Luk Bouckaert, Laszlo Zsolnai, Josep Lozano, Mike Thompson, and Peter Pruzan.

Happiness and the Economy: The Ideas of Buddhist Economics

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) Happiness and the Economy: The Ideas of Buddhist Economics. Typotex, Budapest, 2010. (This book may be available at: Typotex)

This book published in Hungarian presents new insights of Buddhist ethics applied to economics and business. Buddhism suggests an approach to economic life, which is radically different from what mainstream Western economics offers. Buddhism promotes want negation and selfless service of others for achieving happiness, peace and permanence. These ideas might seem irrational or at least naïve for the Western mind which is preoccupied by cultivating desires and the instrumental use of the world. However, the deep ecological and financial crisis of our era renders alternative solutions worthy for consideration. Information in English: Contents and Preface.pdf

The Collaborative Enterprise: Creating Values for a Sustainable World

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Antonio Tencati & Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.) The Collaborative Enterprise: Creating Values for a Sustainable World. Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. (This book may be available at: Peter Lang)

Competitive economics produces an enormous abundance of goods and services but at an intolerable environmental and social cost. Competition has become an end in itself, which leads to detrimental effects on nature, society and future generations. A change of paradigm is needed. Business should respect the ecological and social limits in which it operates and embed its activities in the natural and social systems. This book promotes a collaborative attitude of doing business based on a positive view of the self and others. Theoretical contributions, reflections, cases, examples, and initiatives collected in the book show that a collaborative enterprise is not only possible but also a feasible and desirable alternative to the current, self-defeating, managerial models.

The Future International Manager: A Vision of the Roles and Duties of Management

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Laszlo Zsolnai & Antonio Tencati (eds.) The Future International Manager: A Vision of the Roles and Duties of Management . Palgrave, 2009. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

In the light of the current financial crisis the task of reinventing the management profession seems to be more relevant than even before. The book is a collaborative efforts of 18 professors of different CEMS universities to create a new professional profile for management. We believe that business management should be renewed if business leaders are to uplift the financially collapsing, environmentally degrading and socially disintegrating world of our age.

Ethical Prospects - Economy, Society and Environment

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Zsolnai, L., Boda, Zs. & Fekete, L. (eds.) Ethical Prospects - Economy, Society and Environment. Springer, 2009. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

"Ethical Prospects: Economy, Society, and Environment" aims to present and summarize new perspectives and leading-edge results in ethics reflecting on interconnected economic, social and environmental issues. The yearbook reports on innovative practices and policy reforms and provides a forum for discussion about groundbreaking theories.

Responsible Decision Making

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Laszlo Zsolnai Responsible Decision Making. Transactions Publishers, New Brunswick (U.S.A.) & London (U.K.), 2008. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

This book represents Zsolnai’s attempt to build a model for making ethical decisions both effectively and efficiently. Therefore, the model is much broader than a purely analytical framework. It must tell us how to act rather than limit us to reflection on actions already performed; it must combine decision and praxiological analysis of human conduct. The proposed model enlarges the scope of the debate and suggests new avenues of both rational and responsible decision making.

Frugality: Rebalancing Material and Spiritual Values in Economic Life

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Bouckaert, L., Opdebeeck, H. & Zsolnai, L. (eds.) Frugality: Rebalancing Material and Spiritual Values in Economic Life . Peter Lang Publishing, Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Brussels, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2008. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

The book examines frugality as an ideal and an ‘art de vivre’ which implies a low level of material consumption and a simple lifestyle, to open the mind for spiritual goods as inner freedom, social peace and justice or the quest for God or ‘ultimate reality’. By rational choice we can develop a more frugal and sufficient way of life, but material temptations can always overwrite our ecological, social and ethical considerations. But the spiritual case for frugality is strong enough.

Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business Spirituality

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business Spirituality. Garant, Antwerpen-Apeldoom , 2008. (This book may be available at: European SPES Forum)

Values, purposes and functions of European and Asian businesses is a topic of vital importance today. The book contains selected papers of the “Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business, Ethics & Spirituality” annual conference of the European SPES Forum held in 2006 in Budapest, Hungary. Scholars and practitioners from England, Norway, Sweden, and Hungary as well as from India, Indonesia, Japan, and the USA share their views on European and Asian ways of doing business.

Spirituality as a Public Good

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Luk Bouckaert & Laszlo Zsolnai (eds.) Spirituality as a Public Good. Garant, Antwerpen-Apeldoom, 2007. (This book may be available at: European SPES Forum)

The ongoing process of globalisation, deconstructing our familiar social identities and institutional settings, makes it necessary to find new and deeper sources of self-orientation and moral imagination. Formal rational ethics does not suffice. Ethics needs spirituality as a driver to find its inner purpose and meaning.

Interdisciplinary Yearbook of Business Ethics

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Laszlo Zsolnai (ed.) Interdisciplinary Yearbook of Business Ethics. Peter Lang, Oxford - Bern - Berlin - Bruxelles - Frankfurt am Mailn - New York - Wien, 2006. (This book may be available at: Amazon)

The Interdisciplinary Yearbook of Business Ethics is a product of 20 scholars and practitioners from Europe, America, Asia and Africa. Contributors represent a diversity of fields including organizational science, economics, systems theory, personality psychology, business ethics, finance, management, philosophy, political science, sociology, and ecology. All the papers stand for a more human and ethical approach to economics and business.