Papers

The Call for Responsible Research in Business and Management

Laszlo Zsolnai and Mike Thompson ‘The Call for Responsible Research in Business and Management.’ , in Responsible Research for Better Business, ed. Laszlo Zsolnai and Mike Thompson, Palgrave, London, 2020. Theories greatly influence business and management practices. In his seminal work the late London Business School professor Sumantra Ghoshal (2005) warned that bad management theories are destroying good management practices. Similarly, good management theories may help to bring forth new and better business practices. The Call for Responsible… Read More »The Call for Responsible Research in Business and Management

Identifying and Solving the Right Problem by Using Multidimensional Systems Thinking

Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Identifying and Solving the Right Problem by Using Multidimensional Systems Thinking.’ , in Responsible Research for Better BusinessLaszlo Zsolnai, Palgrave, London, 2020. It is a serious failure of business and management researchers when they solve the wrong problem precisely. This means that their problem formulation is inadequate which may lead to disastrous consequences for the well-being of the stakeholders. To avoid substantive failures in problem solving business and management scholars should reconsider the basic assumptions of… Read More »Identifying and Solving the Right Problem by Using Multidimensional Systems Thinking

Finance and Management for the Anthropocene

Paul Shrivastava, Laszlo Zsolnai, David Wasieleski, Mark Stafford-Smith, Thomas Walker, Olaf Weber, Cary Krosinsky, & David Oram ‘Finance and Management for the Anthropocene.’ Organization & Environment, 2019, vol.32, no. 1, pp. 26-40 The Anthropocene era is characterized by a pronounced negative impact of human and social activities on natural ecosystems. To the extent finance, economics and management underlie human social activities, we need to reassess these fields and their role in achieving global sustainability. This article briefly presents… Read More »Finance and Management for the Anthropocene

Spirituality in society and the professions

Laszlo Zsolnai, & Bernadette Flanagan ‘Spirituality in society and the professions.’ , in The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions., eds. Laszlo Zsolnai, and Bernadette Flanagan, Routledge, London and New York, 2019. Increasingly it is being recognized that spirituality is an aspect in almost every sphere and aspect of social life, especially in the context of crises and vulnerabilities. It appears in humanity’s dealing with nature, home and community, healing, economics and business, knowledge,… Read More »Spirituality in society and the professions

Spirituality in economics and business

Luk Bouckaert, & Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Spirituality in economics and business.’ , in The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions, eds. Laszlo Zsolnai, and Bernadette Flanagan, Routledge, London and New York, 2019. Economics and business need a more spiritual foundation to solve their ethical, social and ecological problems. Spirituality as an inner experience of deep interconnectedness with all living beings opens a space of distance from the pressures of the market and the routines of… Read More »Spirituality in economics and business

Inter-spirituality and the renewal of social practices

Bernadette Flanagan, & Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Inter-spirituality and the renewal of social practices.’ , in The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions, eds. Laszlo Zsolnai, and Bernadette Flanagan, Routledge, London and New York, 2019. This concluding essay seeks to highlight some important insights in a small selection of essays in this Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality and Society, for the purpose of outlining the horizons which will draw the study of spirituality forward into the future.… Read More »Inter-spirituality and the renewal of social practices

Spiritual Transformation in Management

Peter Pruzan, & Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Spiritual Transformation in Management.’ Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, 2019, vol.16, no. 2, pp. 221-230 The paper covers Peter Pruzan’s personal and professional journey described as “From Optimization to Transformation – My Path to the Wellspring of Rationality, Morality and Spirituality”.  This journey also took Professor Pruzan from USA to Denmark and India. Spiritual Transformation in Management

Progressive Business as Social Business Innovation

Eleanor O’Higgins, & Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Progressive Business as Social Business Innovation .’ The Journal of the Macau Ricci Institute , 2018, vol.1, no. 2 This paper presents a series of brief case studies of exemplary companies identified as progressive businesses, understood as ecologically sustainable, future-respecting and pro-social enterprises. These companies follow progressive business practices and embrace social innovation methods in their business models. They represent a range of industries including ethical and sustainable banking, artisan coffee production and distribution,… Read More »Progressive Business as Social Business Innovation

Franciscan Spirituality and Economics

Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Franciscan Spirituality and Economics .’ Religions , 2018, vol.9, no. 10, pp. 288-294 St. Francis was hostile to money and material wealth. He was also against exploitation or misuse of natural creatures and promoted voluntary poverty, sharing, and universal brotherhood. This paper examines the implications of St. Francis’s views for economics. It is argued that St. Francis’s views imply the substantive notion of the term “economic” and favor material sufficiency instead of financial efficiency. Pope Francis’s encyclical… Read More »Franciscan Spirituality and Economics

Ecologically Conscious Leadership: Spiritual Convictions that Achieve Sustainability

Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Ecologically Conscious Leadership: Spiritual Convictions that Achieve Sustainability.’ Graziadio Business Review, 2017, vol.20, no. 3 The paper argues that spiritual convictions may help business leaders to develop ecological consciousness required for achieving sustainability in business functioning. This article presents cases of ecologically conscious business leadership from the USA, Europe, and India that produced unique sustainability innovations, and discusses the role of ecological consciousness in creating business organizations that serve the flourishing of life on Earth. Ecologically… Read More »Ecologically Conscious Leadership: Spiritual Convictions that Achieve Sustainability