Materialistic versus Non-materialistic Management

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on Materialistic versus Non-materialistic Management in the TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference in October 19-20, 2012 at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen, Norway.

Laszlo Zsolnai with conference organizers Lars Jacob Pedersen and Knut Ims at the NHH in Bergen.

Spirituality and Business - Implications for Sustainability

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on "Spirituality and Business - Implications for Sustainability" in the faculty workshop of the Institute of Management, Vienna University of Economics on October 9, 2012. He argued that achieving sustainability actors should consider the whole persons and the whole systems, give priority to intrinsic motivation, orient themselves toward the common good, and measure success in multi-dimensional, holistic way. Zsolnai also empahisized that materialistic value orientation destroys material values, including nature. To save material values we need to follow a non-materialistic (i.e. spiritual) path.

Zsolnai Vienna lecture Spirituality and Business.pdf

The Market Disclosure of Being

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a key-note lecture entitled "The Market Disclosure of Being - A Heideggerian Approach to Business" in the Spirituality and Sustainability: New Path to Entrepreneurship international conference in September 21-23, 2012 in Visegrad, Hungary. He argued that despite of Heidegger’s warning not modern technology but modern-day business destroys Being and beings. With its exclusive focus on profit-making modern-day business tends to violate the integrity and diversity of natural ecosystems, the autonomy and culture of local communities, and the chances of future generations for a decent life. To overcome to problem substantive economic thinking is needed which acknowledges the human beings’ patent dependence for their livelihood upon nature and their fellows.

Ecological Sustainability and Collaborative Business

On May 23, 2012 Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture on Ecological Sustainability and Collaborative Business at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford. He showed that the competitive mainstream business model is not compatible with ecological sustainability. He argued that the collaborative business model fits better in ecological sustainability. If we want to get closer to a sustainable world we need to generate virtuous circles where good dispositions, good behaviour and good expectations reinforce one  another.

Laszlo Zsolnai Seminar Poster_230512.ppt       Zsolnai Oxford seminar.pdf

Spirituality and Business

On May 14, 2012 Laszlo Zsolnai gave a presentation on Spirituality & Business at Lord Ashcroft International Business School in Cambridge. He presented the Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business what he edited with Luk Bouckaert. The main conclusion was that materialistic management models are based on egoistic motivation and measure success in money terms only while  spiritually oriented enterprises are intrinsically motivated to serve the common good and measure success in multi-dimensional terms.

Zsolnai Spirituality and Business advert.pdf    Spirituality and Business.pdf

Sustainable Growth or Right Livelihood?

The Faraday Institute for Science and Spirituality of the University of Cambridge organized an international conference entitled "Sustainability in Crisis" in September 26-28, 2011 in Cambridge. Laszlo Zsolnai has been invited to present a view of Buddhist economics on sustainability. In his presentation "Sustainable Growth or Right Livelihood" he argued that not sustainable growth but sustainable livelihood should be the main goal for economic policies. Sustainable livelihood implies the de-growth of the material side of the economy.Zsolnai Buddhist economics.pdf

The Importance of Meta-Economics

Laszlo Zsolnai was keynote speaker at conference “Responsibility in Ecopnomics - The Legacy of E.F. Schumacher” in 22-23 September 2011, in Antwerp, Belgium. His presentation was entitled "The Importnce of Meta-economics". Meta-economics is the basic assumptions about the subject-matter, value-orientation and methodology of economics.  Zsolnai's paper reconstructs the meta-economic foundation of mainstream economics and that of alternative economics initiated by E.F. Schumacher.

The Ethics of Systems Thinking

On August 9th, 2011 an international workshop "Responsibility, Deep Ecology and the Self" was held in honor of Professor Knut J. Ims on his 60th anniversary at the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen, Norway. Laszlo Zsolnai gave his lecture under the title "The Ethics of Systems Thinking". He argued that the Richness of Being can be preserved if we take the whole system view and use multidimensional decision making methodologies to evaluate the ecological, social and cultural aspects adequately. Zsolnai Systems thinking.pdf

Collaborative Business

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture on Collaborative Business at the Transatlantic Doctoral Academy on Corporate Responsibility (TADA) at the University of St. Gallen in May 3, 2011. Nearly 30 PhD students from Germany, Canada and Switzerland participated in the program. Zsolnai presented the collaboratrive business framework  which fosters virtuous circles between companies and their stakehoders where good dispositions, good behaviour and good expectations reinforce one another. Collaborative Business Model.pdf

Behaviorial Business Ethics: Business and the Common Good

Laszlo Zsolnai was lecturing on Behaviorial Business Ethics at the Constance Academy of Business Ethics in October 7-8, 2010 in Konstanz, Germany. In his lecture he argued that if economic agents become self-concerned then it is likely that – by employing moral disengagement mechanisms – their self-exonerative maneuvers will do harm to others. Serving the common good economic agents should care about and pursue both self and community interests. Behaviorial Business Ethics.pdf