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Economy & Religion: Innovative Models of Economic Spirituality

The book entitled “Economy & Religion: Innovative Models of Economic Spirituality” was published in Hungarian by the Corvinus University of Budapest in July 2022. The book was edited by Laszlo Zsolnai, Gabor Kovacs, and Andras Ocsai. The project was financed by the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund Mecenatura 2021 Program (MEC_K140856 Grant). This open-access book can be downloaded from:

The book offers a comprehensive picture of the economic conceptions of 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 ecological, economic, social and ethical crises of our time require solutions that involve going beyond materialist and individualist worldviews and require cultivating broader, more holistic approaches that integrate both the material and the non-material aspects of human existence. The required spiritual turn in business and management can be supported by the economic conceptions of world religions and their innovative working models.

The contents of the book are as follows:

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

Mark 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 Hejj (Proactive Management Consulting, Budapest): Human Dignity and the Management of Enterprises

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

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

Bernadett Balassa (Szechenyi University, Gyor): The Economic and Social Ethics of Protestantism

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

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

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

Istvan Kamaras (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

Andras Ocsai & Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest): The Spiritual Foundations of the Ecological Worldview