Economy and Religion

The book on “Economy & Religion: Innovative Models of Economic Spirituality” has been published in Hungarian by Corvinus University of Budapest in July 2022. The book is edited by Laszlo Zsolnai, Gabor Kovacs, and Andras Ocsai. The project was financed by National Research, Development and Innovation Fund (NKFI) Mecenatura 2021 Program (MEC_K 140856 Grant). This open access book can be downloaded from:


The book offers a comprehensive picture about the main economic conceptions of the world religions and their related business and management models. Inspiring working examples  are presented to show the creative power of economic spirituality in different faith traditions and diverse socio-cultural contexts. The present ecological, economic, social and ethical crisis requires solutions that go beyond the mainstream materialist and individualist worldviews of today and cultivates broader, more holistic approaches that integrate both the material and the non-material aspects of human existence. This spiritual turn in business and management can be supported by the economic conceptions of the world religions and their innovative models.

The contents of the book is as follows:

Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest): Why Spirituality Is Important in the Economy?

Márk Bokros OSB (Benedictine Congregation of Hungary): The Model of Pannonhalma Abbey

Laura Baritz  OP (The Dominican Sisters of Hungary): The “Three-dimensional” Economy

Ulrich Kiss SJ (Hungarian Province of the Society of Jesus): “Iter Hominibus Serviens” – The Mission of Catholic Leadership

Tibor  Héjj (Proactive Management Consulting, Budapest): Human Dignity and the Management of Enterprises

Gabor Kovács (Corvinus University of Budapest): Value Orientation of Christian Entrepreneurs

Elemér Eszter (Hungarian Association of Social Impact Investors): Social Impact Investment

Bernadett Balassa (University of Győr): The Economic and Social Ethics Conceptions of Protestantism

Gabor Balázs (Budapest University of Jewish Studies): Jewish Traditions and Business Ethics

Zsolt Rostoványi (Corvinus University of Budapest): The Economic Philosophy of Islam and Islamic Economics

Mátyás Mérő (Hungarian Society for Krishna Consciousness): The Vedic Economic System and its Realization in Hungary

Istvan Kamarás (Sociologist of Religion, Budapest): The Krishna Walley as a Sacred Place for Dialogue

Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest): Buddhist Economics

Stefan Messmann (ex Central European University): Confucianism in the Economy

András Ócsai and Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest): The Spiritual Foundations of the Ecological Worldview