Quakers, Business and Corporate Responsibility

Lessons and Cases for Responsible Management

  • Nicholas Burton
  • Richard Turnbull

Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Nicholas Burton, Richard Turnbull
    Pages 1-5
  3. The Spirit of Quaker Responsible Business

  4. An Uneasy Relationship with the State

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Karen Tibbals
      Pages 61-77
    3. Mike King
      Pages 79-94
    4. Richard Turnbull
      Pages 95-109
    5. Donncha Kavanagh, Martin Brigham
      Pages 111-128
  5. Complicated Quakers

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 183-185

About this book


This book explores how the distinctive "Quaker" approach to responsible business is based on honesty, truth and integrity. It analyzes how networks, family and succession are at its heart, and how much this approach offers to current debates on corporate social responsibility, as well as to managers and practitioners in an increasingly complex business world. The contributions in this volume assess the factors that explain the success and prosperity of many Quaker businesses throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, discussing the lessons learned from their disappearance from prominence. By drawing upon examples that illustrate the Quaker ethic, it also considers what so-called “Quakernomics” can contribute to contemporary responsible business theory and practice.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Nicholas Burton
    • 1
  • Richard Turnbull
    • 2
  1. 1.Newcastle Business SchoolNorthumbria UniversityNewcastleUK
  2. 2.Centre of Markets, Enterprise & EthicsOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Management
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04033-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04034-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2196-7075
  • Series Online ISSN 2196-7083
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