Books

Spiritual Humanism and Economic Wisdom

Hendrik Opdebeeck & Laszlo Zsolnai (Eds.): Spiritual Humanism and Economic Wisdom. Garant, Antwerpen and Apeldoom, 2011. (This book may be available at Garant) The book contains essays in honor of the 70th anniversary of K.U.Leuven professor Luk Bouckaert, co-founder of the European SPES forum, which aims to make spirituality accessible as a public good to as many people as possible. In the spirit of the European SPES forum, this volume covers issues of contemporary economics… Read More »Spiritual Humanism and Economic Wisdom

Spirituality and Ethics in Management (Second Edition)

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… Read More »Spirituality and Ethics in Management (Second Edition)

Happiness and the Economy: The Ideas of Buddhist Economics

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… Read More »Happiness and the Economy: The Ideas of Buddhist Economics

The Collaborative Enterprise: Creating Values for a Sustainable World

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… Read More »The Collaborative Enterprise: Creating Values for a Sustainable World

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

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… Read More »The Future International Manager: A Vision of the Roles and Duties of Management

Ethical Prospects – Economy, Society and Environment

Zsolnai, L., Boda, Zs. & Fekete, L. (Eds.): Ethical Prospects – Economy, Society and Environment. Springer, 2009. (This book may be available at Amazon) The presents and summarizes 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. The main function of the journal is to present ideas and initiatives that lead… Read More »Ethical Prospects – Economy, Society and Environment

Responsible Decision Making

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… Read More »Responsible Decision Making

Frugality: Rebalancing Material and Spiritual Values in Economic Life

Bouckaert, Luk, Opdebeeck, Hendrik & Zsolnai, Laszlo (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… Read More »Frugality: Rebalancing Material and Spiritual Values in Economic Life

Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business Spirituality

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… Read More »Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business Spirituality

Spirituality as a Public Good

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. Selected papers from the foundational meeting… Read More »Spirituality as a Public Good