Business and Buddhism explores alternative ways of leading in the aftermath of the Great Recession and the many stories of fraud and greed that emerged. The book explores shifts in business perspectives as more value is placed on soft skills like emotional intelligence and listening, and introduces the reader to the principles in Buddhist philosophy that can be applied in the workplace.
Buddhist practices are increasingly understood as spiritual, rather than religious per se. In fact, Buddhism is alternately referred to as a philosophy or psychology. In this book, Marques explores the value of applying the positive psychology of Buddhism to work settings. She outlines the ways in which it offers highly effective solutions to addressing important management and organizational behavior related issues, but also flags up critical areas for caution. For example, Buddhism is non-confrontational, and promotes detachment. How can business leaders negotiate these principles in light of the demands of modern day pressures?
The book includes end of chapter questions to promote reflection and critical thinking, and examples of Buddhist leaders in action. It will prove a captivating read for students of organizational behavior, management, leadership, diversity and ethics, as well as business consultants.
Business and Buddhism, Joan Marques, Routledge Curzon, Paperback, 2015, 170 Pages, $45.95
Joan Marques serves as director of the BBA program and is assistant professor of management at Woodbury University, USA. She has published in the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Management Development, and Business and Society, and has authored or co-authored nine books on management and leadership topics.
1. The Growth of Business: From Then to Now
2. The Twenieth Century in America: Setting the Stage
3. Ambivalent Views Toward Modern Days' Business
4. A New Insights in a New Millennium
5. Buddhism Some Foundational Notes
6. Main Vehicles in Buddhism
7. The Place of Suffering and Harming in Our Lives
8. Business and Buddhism: Friends or Foes
9. A Closer Look at the Points of Caution
10. Buddhist Business Leaders in ActionI