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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

About the editors

Dr Nicholas Burton is a senior lecturer in Strategic Management & Corporate Responsibility at Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, UK. Nicholas holds a PhD from Northumbria University and an MBA from Southampton University. Nicholas, a Quaker, publishes in the area of spirituality in management & law, convenes the research group at Quakers & Business, a recognised group of Quakers in Britain, and is an Associate Editor for the Academy of Management, management, spirituality and religion group.

Richard is a director of the renowned Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics, based in Oxford, UK. Richard has a wide range of experience in business, the church and public life. He holds a degree in Theology and PhD in Theology from the University of Durham. Richard has authored several books including an acclaimed biography of the social reformer, Lord Shaftesbury, is a member of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

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