The Purpose of Business

Contemporary Perspectives from Different Walks of Life

  • Editors
  • Albert Erisman
  • David Gautschi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. The Purpose of Business and the Business School

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Gautschi, Jonathan Story
      Pages 3-31
    3. Denise Daniels, Philippe Naert, Jeff Van Duzer, Indira J. Parikh
      Pages 33-51
    4. Albert Erisman
      Pages 53-84
    5. Jack van Hartesvelt, Albert Erisman
      Pages 85-103
  3. External Influences on Business

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. Jonathan Story
      Pages 107-129
    3. Seamus Phan, David W. Miller, Daniel Lapin, Muhammad Arif Zakaullah, Albert Erisman
      Pages 157-171
    4. Jonathan Story
      Pages 173-190
  4. Business and the Neurosciences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Hersh Shefrin
      Pages 193-227
    3. John Medina, Albert Erisman
      Pages 229-248
  5. Reflection on the Consortium

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. Adriana Fábrega, Fabián Fábrega
      Pages 251-252
    3. Indira J. Parikh
      Pages 253-256
    4. Albert Erisman, David Gautschi
      Pages 257-261
  6. Albert Erisman, David Gautschi
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 263-280

About this book


Business is a vital institution for a flourishing society, but there is mounting concern about its role in distorting wealth distribution, enabling and rewarding unethical behaviour, and despoiling the natural environment. A Consortium was formed in 2009 under the leadership of David Gautschi to bring together academics, business people, and interested members of society from around the world to discuss two questions: what is the purpose of business, and what is the role of the business school in the academy? Consortium Fellows gathered in eight sessions over five years from 29 countries to discuss, debate, and share perspectives on these questions. The Purpose of Business is an edited collection drawing from the perspectives of these sessions, with contributors from North America, South America, Europe, and Asia bringing culturally and intellectually diverse perspectives on these critical questions. This multifaceted work offers an exploration of business in relation to religion, art, neuroscience, geopolitics, energy, and beyond to inspire a better understanding of the role of business in the 21st century interconnected world.


Business Globalization Religion behavioral psychology Innovation Business ethics Cultural influence behavioral economics business business ethics economics ethics globalization innovation Shareholder shareholder value

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