Presentations

Spiritually-inspired Creativity in Business

The paper "Spiritually-inspired Creativity in Business" by Katalin Illes and Laszlo Zsolnai was presented in the World Congress on “Spirituality and Creativity in Management: Challenges for the Future” held in April 23-25, 2015 in Barcelona, Catalonia. 

 

Happiness and Liberation: Economics Beyond Self

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a keynote lecture on "Happiness and Liberation: Economics Beyond Self" at the International Happiness Day conference on March 20, 2015 at the University of Turin in Italy. (VIS_Conference_2015.pdf) He discussed the conception of happiness in Aristotle and Buddhism and emphasized the importance of spirituality in achieving lasting happiness.

Social Innovation and Social Development

The paper “Social Innovation and Social Development” by Knut Ims and Laszlo Zsolnai has been presented at the The Eight Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference (TABEC) held at the Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA on October 23-25, 2014. The authors criticized the business models of the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) approach, arguing that the success of BoP businesses will finally be limited because they do not transcend the logic of mainstream, materialistic business.

Spirituality and Biodiversity Management

Laszlo Zsolnai made a presentation on „Spirituality and Biodiversity Management” in the „Leaders in Biodiversity Conservation: Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century” conference at Concordia University in October 23-25, 2014 in Montreal, Canada. He argued that biodiversity is an intrinsic value and can be preserved if we go beyond the materialistic and instrumental mindset of economics by embracing spirituality and non-material values.

Creating Sustainable Organizations

Laszlo Zsolnai was keynote speaker in the Creating Sustainable Organizations: Ethics, Economics and Well-Being conference at the Asper School of Business, University of Manitoba in September 25-26, 2014 in Winnipeg, Canada. One of his lecture was about „Trajectories of Transition toward Ecological Sustainability” while his other lecture was about „Economic Rationality versus Socio-Ecological Reason”.

Human Reason in the Age of Economic Unreason

Laszlo Zsolnai presented his paper „Human Reason in the Age of Economic Unreason” at the International Workshop on “Teleology and Reason in Economic and Social Affairs” at the Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, June 30 – July 1, 2014.

 

The paper analyses the rationality assumptions of mainstream economics and shows that they are empirically misleading and normatively inadequate. It argues that the world ruled by self-interest based rationality of economic actors leads to ’unreason’ from a wider ecological and human perspective. The paper illuminates that human reason requires a different way of economic functioning which implies a redefinition of the final goal economizing.

Trajectories of Transition toward Ecological Sustainability

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a faculty lecture on Trajectories of Transition toward Ecological Sustainability at ESC Rennes School of Business on April 24, 2014. He argued that competitiveness oriented business practices are incompatible with ecological sustainability and human well-being because they do not know ecological limits and ethical principles. Community-based economic activities aiming at sufficiency and frugality are more promising for creating a sustainable world.

From CSR to Collaborative Enterprise

Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing at the “Should we get rid of CSR?” international seminar at the Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management on February 18, 2014. He argued that the opportunistic use of ethics is counter-productive for business because It is perceived as cheating by the stakeholders who will react accordingly. Ethics brings material benefits for companies if and only if it is not used to produce material gains. If we want to get closer to a sustainable and ethical world we need to generate virtuous circles where good dispositions, good behaviour and good expectations reinforce one  another.

How Economic Incentives Destroy Values

On November 27, 2013 Laszlo Zsolnai gave a faculty lecture at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Corvinus University of Budapest on the perverse effects ofecessive executive compensation. He argued that one-dimensional economic incentives may destroy existential, social, and ecological values that influence the manager’s commitment to ensure responsible business conduct, and have negative spillover effects that may reduce the manager’s performance.

Cambridge workshop on the Economic and Financial Crisis

Initiated by Laszlo Zsolnai the Von Hügel Institute of the St. Edmund College, University of Cambridge organized an international workshop on „The Economic and Financial Crisis and the Human Person” on June 8-9, 2013 in Cambridge. Participants from Cambridge, Oxford, Leuven explored the current problematic from a humanistic spiritual point of view.