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Post-Materialistic Business

Laszlo Zsolnai’s monograph entitled “Post-Materialistic Business: Spiritual Value-Orientation in Renewing Management” was published by Palgrave-Macmillan in 2015.

The book presents a spiritual-based approach to business and management. It uses a pluralistic view of spirituality and provides a number of inspiring cases of alternative organizations which go beyond the currently prevailing materialistic mindset of business and serve the common good of society, nature, and future generations.

The cases cover different spiritual traditions (Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Anthroposophy, and Buddhism), different industries (banking, agriculture, health care, and education) and regions (Europe, Latin America, North America, Africa, and Asia).

Post-materialistic business models activate the intrinsic motivation of the economic actors for serving the common good and suggest measuring success in holistic, multidimensional way. In these models profit and growth are not final ends, but elements of a broader set of material and non-material goals. Similarly, cost-benefit calculations are not the only means of making business decisions, but integrated into a more comprehensive scheme of wisdom-based management.