Integral Ecology and Sustainable Business Vol: 26

Ove Jakobsen
University of Nordland, Norway

Laszlo Zsolnai
University of Budapest, Hungary

Manas Chatterji
Binghamton University, State University of New York, USA

Product Details
20 Sep 2017
Emerald Publishing Limited
296 pages - 152 x 229mm
Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development


This collection addresses the relationship between business, the natural environment, ethics, and spirituality. While traditional economic theory generally assumed firms maximize profits, it has long been acknowledged that other factors may be important to understanding firm activities. The role of ethics and spirituality in society is clearly significant, yet economists have traditionally had little to say on these topics and how they intersect with economic activity.

Integral Ecology integrates concerns for people and the planet. It sees the world as systemically linked to ecology, economy, equity and justice and accessible through the natural and social sciences, arts and humanities. It links to sustainable business through frugal consumption, acknowledging the intrinsic value of nature, and adopting holistic management practices.

This insightful study provides the insights of economists, business scholars, philosophers, lawyers, theologians and practitioners who are working in Europe, North America, and Asia. Their contributions highlight the relationship between integral ecology and sustainable business practices, and explore the meaning of sustainability in relation to both human and non-human life, offering a series of new and invigorating approaches to sustainable business practices and sustainability leadership. 

Foreword; Manas Chatterji 
Preface; Ove Jacobsen and Laszlo Zsolnai 
Acknowledgement; Ove Jacobsen and Laszlo Zsolnai  
Part 1: Introduction - Why Integral Ecology Is Needed for Reforming Business?; Ove Jakobsen and Laszlo Zsolnai 
Part 2: Sustainability and the Meaning of Life 
Chapter 1 - Authenticity and Sustainability: The Search for a Reliable Earth Spirituality; Luk Bouckaert  
Chapter 2 - Social Intervention in Nature; Daniel Deak
Chapter 3 - Quality of Life; Knut Ims and Ove Jakobsen  
Chapter 4 - Frugality and the Intrinsic Value of Nature; Laszlo Zsolnai 
Part 3: Toward Integral Ecology 
Chapter 5 - Integral Ecology and the Anthropocene; Hendrik Opdebeeck 
Chapter 6 - Integral Ecology from a Franciscan Perspective; Thomas Dienberg, Bernd Beermann and Markus Warode: The Franciscan Approach and Integral Ecology 
Chapter 7 - Epistemological Approach to Sustainability; José Luis Fernández Fernández, Anna Bajo Sanjuán and José Luis Retolaza Avalos 
Chapter 8 - Rereading Robinson Crusoe (Defoe) and Friday (Tournier) – An Ecocritical Approach; Rita Ghesquiere: Rereading Robinson Crusoe (Defoe) and Friday (Tournier)  
Chapter 9 - Developing Ecological Awareness and Responsible Business; Manuel Fernandez-Lopez and Octavi Piulats Riu 
Chapter 10 - Shakthi Worldview for a Sustainable Future; V. Adinarayanan and Smrithi Rekha V  
Part 4: Practicing Sustainability 
Chapter 11 - For richer or poorer in sickness or for wealth: What Price Consumerism?; Doirean Wilson 
Chapter 12 - Participation Society; Jean-Paul Close 
Chapter 13 - Moral and Virtues-based Leadership for Enhancing Integral Ecology; Mara Del Baldo  
Chapter 14 - A Note on Corporate Social Responsibility; Manas Chatterji 
Chapter 15 - Regenerative Firms; Nel Hofstra 
Chapter 16 - The Challenge of Transhumanism in Business; Hendrik Opdebeeck
Ove Jakobsen is Professor in Ecological Economics at the Business School/Nord University, Norway. He is co-founder and leader of Centre for Ecological Economics and Ethics. Jakobsen holds master degrees in Marketing (1982), Business Administration (1987) and Philosophy (1991). He received his Dr. Oecon. degree from NHH (Norwegian School of Economics) in 1989. He has published a great number of books and articles both nationally and internationally. In 2000, Jakobsen was awarded the SAS and the Norwegian Economics Association prize for the best integration of environmental and social responsibility in higher economic education in Norway. He is frequently invited as a speaker at numerous conferences, seminars, workshops and public meetings. 
Laszlo Zsolnai is Professor and Director of the Business Ethics Center of Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary. He is President of the European SPES Institute in Leuven, Belgium. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Future Earth Finance and Economics Knowledge-Action Network in Montreal, Canada. His latest books include Beyond Self: Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of Economics (2014. Peter Lang Academic Publishers, Oxford), The Spiritual Dimension of Business Ethics and Sustainability Management (2015, Springer), Post-Materialistic Business: Spiritual Value-Orientation in Renewing Management (2015, Palgrave) and Ethical Leadership. Indian and European Spiritual Approaches (2016, Palgrave). His website:

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