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

Beyond Profit

Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture entitled "Beyond Profit" in the TEDx Danubia Conference on September 24, 2010 in Budapest. He argued that today's mainstream business models cultivate self-interest and promote the „enrich yourself” mentality which is dangerous for society and counter-productive for business. He concluded that good business requires commitment to serving the common good  and  using holistic evaluation  schemes for measuring  success. Beyond Profit.pdf

Business as a Profession: Serving the Common Good

Invited by the Global Responsible Leadership Ambassadors Laszlo Zsolnai gave a lecture on "Business as a Profession: Serving the Common Good" at the Anglia Ruskin University Aschroft International  Business School on November 25, 2009 in Cambrdige, UK. In his lecture Zsolnai argued that unless future business managers demonstrate that they serve the common good in their daily practice, the legitimacy and moral standing of the business profession remain questionable. (See Business as Profession.pdf)

The Fate of Future Generations in Europe

On November 6, 2009 Laszlo Zsolnai presented the main findings of the Future Generations research project of the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest in a conference organized by the Ombudsman for Future Generations Office of the Hungarian Parlament. He demonstrated that every country in Europe presents some burden on future generations in one or more domains of ecological, financial, human and intellectual capitals. There are countries (e.g. Bulgaria, Hungary,Poland, Latvia) which present burdens on future generations in all these domains. There are countries (e. g. Austria, Finland, France, Germany, Sweden) which present gifts for future generations in the financial or intellectual domain but at the same time present serious ecological and/or human burden on them. 

Accounting for Future Generations

In  April 17-18, 2009 Laszlo Zsolnai presented a paper on Accounting for Future Generations in the 5th European SPES Conference at the University of Catania, Sicily. His presentations focused on three problems. (1) Who are future generations? (2) What is our obligations to future generations? and (3) How can we account our activities for future generations?


Laszlo Zsolnai and Knut J. Ims were keynote speakers in the Sustainable Consumption Conference on October 8, 2008, at the Corvinus University of Budapest. They presented the ecological, ethical and economic case for frugality, and argued that downsizing the present scale of the economy is necessary for achieving ecological sustainability.

Just War - Just Business

The Fifth TransAtlantic Business Ethics Conference entitled “Business Ethics and Corporate Sustainability” was held at the SDA Bocconi School of Management in Milan from October 3-4, 2008, in Milan. During the conference Laszlo Zsolnai presented his book project on “Just War – Just Business (An Inquiry into the Conditions of Legitimacy of Companies).”

The Collaborative Enterprise

Antonio Tencati and Laszlo Zsolnai presented their paper “The Collaborative Enterprise” at the international workshop entitled “The Collaborative Enterprise: Creating Values for a Sustainable World” at Bocconi University Milan in 5-6, 2008. The workshop aimed at exploring alternative ways of organizing and doing business to the currently prevailing competitive model. The current management mainstream seems incapable of facing the challenges related to more sustainable patterns of development.


From September 20-22, 2007, Laszlo Zsolnai participated in both the Annual Conference of European Business Ethics Network (EBEN) and the Annual Conference of the European SPES Forum in Leuven, Belgium. In the EBEN conference he presented a paper on “Buddhist Economics for Business” while in the European SPES conference he presented the book Frugality: Rebalancing Spiritual and Material Values in Economic Life (edited by Luk Bouckaert, Hendrick Opdebeeck and Laszlo Zsolnai, 2008, Peter Lang, Oxford).

Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference at The Wharton School

The Fourth  Transatlantic Business Ethics Conference  was organized by Thomas Dunfee and Thomas Donaldson at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia and held from October 5-7, 2006. A joint paper by Antonio Tencati and Laszlo Zsolnai on “The Collaborative Enterprise” was presented during the conference.