2006 Annual Conference in Budapest

Jointly with the European SPES Forum, the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest conducted the “Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business, Ethics and Spirituality” international conference  from June 30-July 2, 2006, in Budapest. Nearly 50 scholars and practitioners participated in the conference representing Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, India, Indonesia, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA. The conference provided an opportunity for constructive dialogue on the European and Asian business in the context of spiritually based humanism. Issues addressed include the following: What are the basic differences and similarities between the ethical orientation of European and Asian ways of doing business? How can European and Asian traditions of spirituality contribute to transforming contemporary management theory and praxis? Which are the progressive business models in Europe and in Asia from a humanistic point of view? Which new leadership roles emerge for spiritual growth and reflection at the workplace in Europe and Asia? How can European and Asian business cooperate in better serving nature, human communities and future generations? What is the difference between economic paradigms applied in Asian and European economies? Do different spiritual orientations play a role in determining the perception on economic growth, social wellbeing  and personal happiness?  The workshop resulted in a book “Europe-Asia Dialogue on Business Spirituality” published by Garant in 2008.

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