New Economy, Old Traditions: Caring Entrepreneurship
Annual European SPES Conference
September 4-6, 2017
Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Coller School of Management of Tel Aviv University will be hosting the 2017
Annual European SPES Conference in September 4-6, 2017 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Collaborative partners are the European SPES Institute and the Business Ethics
Center of the Corvinus University of Budapest.
Topic of the Conference
The industrial economy is motivated only by economic objectives. Post-industrial
economy recognizes the instead of serving the economy, the economy has to serve our
values. In other words, we strive for a multi-dimensional objective function, that in
addition to economic motivation, we consider also societal, environmental and
spiritual values (consciousness, etc.).
The meaning of spirituality in modern time changed. In agrarian societies people
looked at the stars and understood that there is a cyclical relationship between the
skies and the weather. It led to the development of early religions. And led to the
belief that God (Gods) created everything, including human beings. Modern life have
changed the way many people look at reality, up to the point that some people think
that human beings created the concept of God. Recently there are debates between
people that believe in God who created everything and people who think that
everything is a result of random processes and evolution driven by natural selection.
So many people become secular, and don’t believe in after death survival and in Gods
that carry an account system that determine what will happen after death based on the
person’s deeds during his or her lifetime. Spirituality is changing and new concepts of
basic moral rules develop. At the same time science is discovering interesting effects
where people can influence others with currently unexplained ways, and that even
plants in the forest have some networks that protect the forest as a whole.
It is known that economies with high level of trust among people flourish more than
economies with low level of trust. This is one example for how spirituality and faith
traditions can fertilize business and entrepreneurship. And it demonstrates that
spirituality could be useful for creating models for pressing social problems, including
poverty, conflict, unemployment, environmental degradation and climate change. A
new ethos of entrepreneurship needs to be developed in which caring for fellow
human beings, future generations and nature play a primordial role. Practical wisdom
of the Jewish and other faith traditions suggests that enterprises with a spiritual value
orientation can flourish, and serve the interests of business and the wider community
better than conventional enterprises following the narrow financial bottom line.
Issues to be Addressed:
How do the challenges of the new economy influence and transform entrepreneurship
Is it possible to create a common multidimensional METRICS that will guide decision
makers in making consistent quantitative decisions?
How might religious faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism,
Buddhism, etc.) better inform and guide entrepreneurial and management practice
How can responsibility for nature and future generations be defined and realized in
What is the relevance of Jewish moral philosophy (M. Buber, Hans Jonas, E. Levinas)
for business and entrepreneurship in the 21st century?
How can spirituality influence the commitment of entrepreneurs to social well-being
How do spiritually driven entrepreneurs define and measure success in their business
How can spiritually driven enterprises survive and flourish in competitive
What are the key characteristics and consequences of caring entrepreneurship?
How do spiritual orientations and practices enhance entrepreneur’s ability to discover,
evaluate and implement opportunities?
How do spiritual orientations influence entrepreneurs to developing a caring attitude
Reflections on the meaning of “caring’ as a key concept in business and social action
Does it make sense to talk about organizational approach to caring? Under what
Stories and case studies of caring entrepreneurship
Caring Entrepreneurship in feminist thinking and literature
What is the relationship between spiritual/religious practices and entrepreneurial
How can spiritually driven entrepreneurship contribute to the transformation of
contemporary management theory and praxis?
How can community-based economic models contribute to healing and repairing the
Interested participants should send a detailed abstract of their planned presentation
(about 500 words) accompanied by a short biographical note (100 words)
electronically by March 31, 2017 to:
Laszlo Zsolnai, President
European SPES Institute