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New Economy, Old Traditions: Caring Entrepreneurship

September 4, 2017 - September 6, 2017

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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.