Spirituality and Business

Luk Bouckaert, & Laszlo Zsolnai ‘Spirituality and Business.’ , in The Palgrave Handbook of Spirituality and Business, eds. Luk Bouckaert, and Laszlo Zsolnai, Palgrave-Macmillan, London, 2011.

The paper summarizes the long path from business ethics to business spirituality. Analyzing the contrast between a materialistic and a non materialistic drive in economics, the authors define the new values of the post-capitalist economy: frugality, deep ecology, trust, reciprocity, responsibility for future generations, and authenticity. Within this values-driven economy, profit and growth are no longer ultimate aims but elements in a wider set of values. In a similar way cost-benefit calculations are no longer the essence of good management but are part of a broader concept of wisdom in leadership.

Spirituality and Business