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László Zsolnai

Homo Curator: Towards the Ethics of Consumption

    Péter Róna, László Zsolnai, and Agnieszka Wincewicz-Price (Eds.): Homo Curator: Towards the Ethics of Consumption (2024. Springer). The book presents novel insights into today’s academic and political attempts to address the environmental crisis and shows why the boldest structural reforms won’t solve the environmental crisis until its deepest sources are recognised. Also, it facilitates the academic and political dialogue between humanities and economics. This volume explores the under-researched sources of the consumerist culture and the… Read More »Homo Curator: Towards the Ethics of Consumption

    Conscious Business Models

      Laszlo Zsolnai gave a talk on Conscious Business Models for the Spanish Conscious Capitalism Network on March 6, 2024. Zsolnai suggested three dedining characteristics of conscious bsuinesses, namely they give priority to intrinsic motivation over extrinsic one, are orientated toward the common good, and measure success in multi-dimensional, holistic terms. He presented the cases of Patagonia, Triodos Bank, and Organic India as successful working models of conscious business. Finally, he concluded that conscious (spiritual-based) business… Read More »Conscious Business Models

      The Attention Economy talk

        Laszlo Zsolnai delivered a lecture on “The Business of Info-Communication Technologies” in the conference “Toward a systemic concept of attention for the attention economy, using Buddhist and Western ethics” organized by the Eindhoven University of Technology in February 6-7, 2024. In his lecture Zsolnai argued that info-communication technology companies represent a new form of corporate transgression as they  want to devoid human beings from their fee will and consciousness. Business ethics offers a number of… Read More »The Attention Economy talk

        30 Years of the Business Ethics Center

          On December 4, 2023 we celebrated the 30th Anniverary of the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest. Presentations included  “Wise Governance for Sustainable Performance and Stakeholder Capitalism” by Mike Thompson (Anthesis, London) and “Interdisciplinary Business Ethics with Genuine Moral Commitment” by  Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest). The 30 Year Report of the Business Ethics Center can be seen here: BEC-30-years low resolution

          Value Creation for a Sustainable World

            Laszlo Zsolnai, Thomas Walker, and Paul Shrivastava edited the book on “Value Creation for a Sustainable World: Innovating for Ecological Regeneration and Human Flourishing” (2023 Palgrave-Macmillan, London). The ecological, social and technological challenges of the Anthropocene require developing and implementing new economic, business, and financial models to create sustainable value for a wide range of stakeholders including nature, society, and future generations. This book defines ‘sustainable value creation’ as bringing forth products, services, organizational forms,… Read More »Value Creation for a Sustainable World

            Humanities as a Resource and Inspiration for Humanizing Business

              Michael Thate and Laszlo Zsolnai edited the book “Humanities as a Resource and Inspiration for Humanizing Business” (Springer 2022). The book is based on the collaborative project of Princeton University Faith and Work Initiative and the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest. It offers novel insights into the applicability of humanities and humanistic values in today’s business and management. It presents new insights in ethical and humanistic management and leadership, and facilitates the… Read More »Humanities as a Resource and Inspiration for Humanizing Business

              Poverty for the Common Good

                In this video Laszlo Zsolnai and others discuss the topic of Gift Giving in Business for The Economy of Francesco program.

                Gift Giving in Business

                  On June 26, 2023 gave a presentation on Gift Giving in Business at the Management & Gift workshop of The Economy of Francesco program. He focused on two questions: (1) What should a leader be like and what decisions does the leader take to make a company generative? and (2) What is the spirituality that enables dialogue between poverty and management? Zsolnai’s presentation emphasized that a business leader should be genuinely altruistic, i.e. giving without… Read More »Gift Giving in Business

                  Why we need radically new business models?

                    The CONSCIOUS CONSULTING GROUP made a podcast and a related video with Laszlo Zsolnai on the need of radically new business models.   I argued that the ethical foundation of modern-day business is flawed. To be fruitful for society business should follow other ethical principles than materialistic egoism. Business ethics as a discipline studies the preconditions and possibilities for a more ethical functioning of business. The major problems of the Anthropocene (climate change, biodiversity loss,… Read More »Why we need radically new business models?