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Spiritual motivation : new thinking for business and management /
edited by Jeremy Ramsden, Shuhei Aida and Andrew Kakabadse.
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
xxxi, 217 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
0230542913 (hbk.)
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Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.
0230542913 (hbk.)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
A Look Inside
Bowker Data Service Summary
'Spirital Motivation' brings together the wisdom of illustrious specialists covering a vast range of experience and expertise. English and Japanese viewpoints represented with equal weight.
Long Description
Our world is facing unprecedented technological and ethical challenges. Such is the complexity of today's business environment, that sustained long-term success is impossible without a much broader outlook than that fostered by current management school practice. This book draws on centuries of Japanese tradition in honourable behaviour, comparing and contrasting it with developments in the West, to create a new approach powerful enough to meet the challenges of operating in today's global business environment.
Main Description
Increasing knowledge is seen by some as the driver of ethical improvement, but the pace of knowledge accumulation, as seen by the exponential growth of new technologies, is far outpacing humankind's ability to assimilate it and nurture pari passu an appropriate ethics. This book draws on the vigorous code of honour of that quintessential man of action, the Japanese Samurai. It points out the close relationship of their ethics (bushido) with the West's roots in mediaeval chivalry and scholarship, and aims at a synthesis that can be taken up throughout the world, drawing on the best that each different tradition has to offer, with their common features providing the anchor points. The most difficult issue confronting the scientific appraisal of our world, namely its complexity, is tackled from the root, providing fundamental insight into how to run a business. Throughout, the book is never far from practical application: one section deals with dynamic meditation as an extraordinary instrument for achieving a perfectly balanced life; and the final section deals with concrete contemporary issues such as the design of our built environment, sustainability, social responsibility and spirituality in the workplace, and performance improvement among the workforce. Book jacket.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Notes on the Editorsp. xi
Notes on the Contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xxviii
Prologuep. xxix
Core Elementsp. 1
Contemporary Challenges to Sustainable Industrial Civilizationp. 3
The Book of Five Concepts for Management: Based on Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings - The Spirit of Being Well-skilled in Wielding Both the Sword and the Penp. 8
A View of Bushidop. 18
Chivalry: From the Knights of the Round Table to the Nolan Committeep. 24
Christianityp. 40
Complexity and Identity: The Evolution of Collective Selfp. 50
Synthesisp. 75
New Thinking: A Synthesisp. 77
Bushido in the IT Era: Enduring Features of the Spiritual Character of Japanp. 88
A Spiritual Method Based on Bushidop. 99
The Road to the Spiritual Mind for Entrepreneursp. 101
'Shin-shin-toitsu-ho' for Dynamic Meditationp. 114
Practical Applicationsp. 125
EcoDesign and Human Mediap. 127
Eco-design and Sustainabilityp. 130
Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Decision Makingp. 147
The Need for Spirituality in the Public Spherep. 161
Creating Sustained Performance Improvementp. 185
Epilogue: Spiritual Motivation for Leadershipp. 207
Indexp. 211
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