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Spiritual motivation : new thinking for business and management
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London : Palgrave Macmillan, 2007


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Spiritual Motivation draws on centuries of Japanese tradition in honourable behaviour, comparing and contrasting it with developments in the West, to create a new approach powerful enough to meet the challenges of operating in today's global business environment.

Author Notes

JEREMY RAMSDEN is Professor of Nanotechnology at Cranfield University, UK, and Director of Research at Cranfield University at Kitakyushu, prior to which he was a member of the Faculty of Natural Philosophy at the University of Basel. Previous books include The New World Order (1991) and Bioinformatics: an Introduction (2004). He has published about 150 research articles, and is Editor-in-Chief of Nanotechnology Perceptions

ANDREW KAKABADSE is Professor of International Management Development at Cranfield School of Management, UK, and the H. Smith Richardson Fellow at CCL, North Carolina, USA. His research covers boards, top teams and the governance of governments. He has published twenty-six books, 169 articles and sixteen monographs, and is co-editor of the Journal of Management Development and Corporate Governance: International Journal of Business in Society.

SHUHEI AIDA is Chairman and CEO of the Human Media Foundation in Japan, professor emeritus at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo, Director-General of Cranfield University Japan Centre and visiting Professor at Cranfield University, UK. He has published about 150 research papers and thirty books in the fields of system engineering, information technology and global environmental issues, and has received the Mainichi Cultural and Publishing Award. He has been decorated 'AL MERITO DELLA REPUBBLICA ITALIANA' by the President of Italy.

Table of Contents

Frank R. HartleyJeremy RamsdenLee Teng-huiHomare TakenakaShuhei AidaMasato ShinagawaJeremy RamsdenLorne DennyPeter M. AllenJeremy RamsdenKaneyuki Hamada and Yutaka UjiieMasayuki KoyanagiToshiro OnoShuhei AidaW.J. BattySimon KnoxNada K. Kakabadse and Paul Collins and Andrew KakabadsePeter A. HunterShuhei Aida and Jeremy Ramsden and Andrew Kakabadse
List of Figures and Tablesp. ix
Notes on the Editorsp. xi
Notes on the Contributorsp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
Prefacep. xix
Acknowledgementsp. xxviii
Prologuep. xxix
Part I Core Elementsp. 1
1 Contemporary Challenges to Sustainable Industrial Civilizationp. 3
2 The Book of Five Concepts for Management: Based on Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings - The Spirit of Being Well-skilled in Wielding Both the Sword and the Penp. 8
3 A View of Bushidop. 18
4 Chivalry: From the Knights of the Round Table to the Nolan Committeep. 24
5 Christianityp. 40
6 Complexity and Identity: The Evolution of Collective Selfp. 50
Part II Synthesisp. 75
7 New Thinking: A Synthesisp. 77
8 Bushido in the IT Era: Enduring Features of the Spiritual Character of Japanp. 88
Part III A Spiritual Method Based on Bushidop. 99
9 The Road to the Spiritual Mind for Entrepreneursp. 101
10 'Shin-shin-toitsu-ho' for Dynamic Meditationp. 114
Part IV Practical Applicationsp. 125
11 EcoDesign and Human Mediap. 127
12 Eco-design and Sustainabilityp. 130
13 Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Decision Makingp. 147
14 The Need for Spirituality in the Public Spherep. 161
15 Creating Sustained Performance Improvementp. 185
Epilogue: Spiritual Motivation for Leadershipp. 207
Indexp. 211