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Spirituality in Management

In cooperation with the University of Szeged the Business Ethics Center organized an international conference entitled “Spirituality in Management” in July 1–3, 2001 in Szeged, Hungary. The aim of the conference was to get together leading scholars to explore and map the field from different disciplines and spiritual traditions.

Venue of the Spirituality in Management conference in Szeged, Hungary

The conference focused on the role of spirituality in renewing the contemporary management praxis. The participants agreed that management has an undeniable existential aspect and spirituality is relevant to management decision-making. A more inclusive, holistic and peaceful approach to management is needed if business and political leaders are to uplift the environmentally degrading and socially disintegrating world of our age.

Main presentations of the conference included the following:

Peter Pruzan (Copenhagen Business School): “Spirituality as the Context for Leadership: Some Lessons from the East”,

S.K. Chakraborty (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta): “Spirit-centered, Rajarshi Leadership”,

Luk Bouckaert (Catholic University of Leuven): “Spirituality and Economic Democracy: A Personalist Approach”,

Laszlo Zsolnai (Corvinus University of Budapest): “The Role of the Self in Management”,

Imre Ungvari-Zrinyi (Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj–Kolozsvar): “Business and Dialogue”,

Josep M. Lozano and Raimon Ribera (ESADE Business School, Barcelona): “A New Chance for Management, A New Challenge for Spirituality”,

Wojciech W. Gasparski (Polish Academy of Sciences): “Spirituality in Management”,

Mike J. Thompson (GoodBrand, London): “Trust as a Quest for Spirituality in the Workplace”,

Yazdi Jehangir Bankwala (Singapore): “Organizational Transformation through Human Values”,

Imre Lazar (Semmelweis Medical University): “Spirituality and Human Ecosystems”.