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New Economy, Old Traditions: Caring Entrepreneurship
September 4 - September 6
The conference addresses spirituality and faith traditions as they fertilize business and enterpreneurs for creating models for pressing social problems, including poverty, conflict, unemployment, environmental degradation and climate change. A new ethos of entrepreneurship needs to be developed in which caring for fellow human beings, future generations and nature play a primordial role. Practical wisdom of the Jewish and other faith traditions suggests that enterprises with a spiritual value orientation can flourish, and serve the interests of business and the wider community better than conventional enterprises following the narrow financial bottom line.
Issues to be Addressed:
- How do the challenges of the new economy influence and transform entrepreneurship practices?
- What is the relevance of Jewish moral philosophy (M. Buber, Hans Jonas, E. Levinas) for business and entrepreneurship in the 21st century?
- How might religious faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) better inform and guide entrepreneurial and management practice today?
- How can responsibility for nature and future generations be defined and realized in business?
- How can spirituality influence the commitment of entrepreneurs to social well-being and sustainability?
- How do spiritually driven entrepreneurs define and measure success in their business practice?
- How can spiritually driven enterprises survive and flourish in competitive environments?
- What are the key characteristics and consequences of caring entrepreneurship?
- How do spiritual orientations and practices enhance entrepreneur’s ability to discover, evaluate and implement opportunities?
- How do spiritual orientations influence entrepreneurs to developing a caring attitude towards stakeholders?
- Reflections on the meaning of “caring’ as a key concept in business and social action
- Does it make sense to talk about organizational approach to caring? Under what conditions?
- Stories and case studies of caring entrepreneurship
- Caring Entrepreneurship in feminist thinking and literature
- What is the relationship between spiritual/religious practices and entrepreneurial creativity?
- How can spiritually driven entrepreneurship contribute to the transformation of contemporary management theory and praxis?
- How can community-based economic models contribute to healing and reparing the world?
The Coller School of Management of Tel Aviv University will be hosting the 2017 Annual European SPES Conference in September 4-6, 2017 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Collaborative partners are the European SPES Institute and the Business Ethics Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest.