It would seem that there’s quite a bit of interest in applying “Buddhist wisdom” to questions issues of business and management. Here are announcements for two upcoming events on the subject:
The Buddhist Economics Research Platform, the Loden Foundation, Bhutan and the Hungarian Bhutan Friendship Society, in partnership with the European SPES Forum and the European Buddhist Union, have organized an international workshop, ‘Buddhist Values in Business and its Potential for Europe’, on 24-25 November 2012, in Brussels (Belgium). Partly inspired by Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness, the workshop is designed for people from the business or academic sectors interested or involved in Buddhist Business/Economics as well as for entrepreneurs, university students and leaders of Buddhist organizations. (See the above link for more information)
And the second one:
Practical Wisdom for Management and Economics from the Buddhist Traditions
Buddhism is a religion of wisdom and knowledge because Buddhist thoughts and teachings cover all aspects of human life and many academic disciplines. Regarding management, Buddhism has its own unique traditions and practical wisdom, which has evolved over a long period of time.
For this conference on ‘PRACTICAL WISDOM FOR MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS FROM THE BUDDHIST TRADITIONS‘, we welcome contributions from all traditions, schools, branches, streams or denominations of Buddhist thought as: Theravada, Mahayana including Chan Buddhism, Pure Land Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Nichiren Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, Shingon, Tiantai (Tendai) Shinnyo-en, Vajrayana and Nava Bauddha. Contributions should explore the nature and contemporary relevance of the Buddhist wisdom traditions for management practice, management education and economics. Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research papers with the following topics, but not limited to:
- Buddhist Economics, including the manifold traditions and denominations of Buddhism in the world
- Buddhist Approach to Business, Management Practice and Management Education
- Buddhist Approach to Human Resource Management and Development
- Buddhist Ethics in Business, Management and Economics
- Relationship between spiritual orientations and business outcomes
- Spiritual embedding of organizational ethics and interpersonal virtues
- Buddhist Good Governance, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Buddhist Practical Wisdom in Community Management
- Buddhist Practical Wisdom in Natural Resource and Environment Management
- Buddhist contribution to sufficiency economy and sustainable development
- Leadership and Fellowship in Buddhist Wisdom and Traditions
- Practical Wisdom in Buddhist Tripitaka
- Practical Wisdom in Contemporary Buddhist Thought (including all the different traditions)
- Buddhist Practical Wisdom in Peace Development and Management
- Buddhist Practical Wisdom in Managing Global Crisis
Guidelines for Contributions
We invite interested scholars and practitioners to submit a one page proposal outlining their proposed topic and the nature of their contribution. Please download the full call for contributions.
The deadline is 15 July 2012 and proposals must be submited by e-mail to Cristian Loza Adaui, Editorial Assistant: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Proposals will be reviewed and the authors informed of acceptance by 31 July 2012. The conference will be hosted by the Business School of Thammasat University, Bangkok, on 15-16 November 2012. A full final paper will be expected by 10 December 2012.