Business Religion Spirituality: A New Synthesis (John W. Houck Notre Dame Series in Business Ethics)

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The new emphasis on spirituality in the workplace has been widely discussed in recent years and reported in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Fortune. Spirituality seems to be a basic human good essential for human flourishing. The contributors to this volume are all proponents of spirituality in the workplace, yet all raise important questions about this movement and what it means. What are the moral questions that should guide leaders? Is spirituality being treated as simply an instrumental good, valued for its usefulness in enhancing productivity and well-being? What are the responsibilities of business leaders? Of business schools and their faculty? Of churches? The essayists in this collection reflect on these and other pertinent questions.
The common thread linking these authors is that all have distinguished themselves in their respective fields or professions and all wish to advance spirituality in business. Contributors to Business, Religion, and Spirituality provide a sober, but positive, prognosis for this new growth in spirituality while offering direction for the future.

Product Details

  • Series: John W. Houck Notre Dame Series in Business Ethics
  • Paperback: 323 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press (February 3, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268021740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268021740
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

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 on December 4, 2015
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Wonderful Survey of Views on Ethical Business Practices

 on November 21, 2007
By Web Mentorman
If you want to get a better handle on the philosophy of ethical business practices, I recommend this book. It is a collection of essays on business and ethics using Christianity as its framework. Modern secular arguments that religion does not belong in the workplace are quickly negated by the introductory example of Benedictine Monks who, it is stated, were the first to establish structured business practices and created wealth. The essays go on to point out that modern capitalism owes much to the ethics of Christianity for creating an environment that allows business practices to flourish and wealth to be created. In todays politically correct worklife I find it confusing to know how to resolve faith at work. In reading this book I learned that I do not need to leave my faith at home to engage in business, and in fact I can be better at both when I understand the supporting role each plays.

A collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking essays

4 people found this helpful.
 on February 9, 2004
By Midwest Book Review
Expertly compiled and edited by Oliver F. Williams (Associate Professor of Management in the Mendoza School of business and Academic Director of the Century for Ethics and Religious Values in Business at the University of Notre Dame), Business, Religion, And Spirituality: A New Synthesis is a collection of thoughtful and thought-provoking essays by diverse learned authors concerning the meeting point between commercial workplace responsibility and personal spiritual values. Multiple faith perspectives are presented offering a uniquely balanced and informative amalgamation of a variety of issues directly relevant to physical world conduct and the spiritual realm considerations. Business, Religion, And Spirituality is strongly recommended reading for anyone concerned with the interaction of business principles and religious values, between pressing marketplace requirements and the demands of the conscience.

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