RESEARCH SEMINAR: GEOFFREY JONES
UNCONVENTIONAL AND ESOTERIC VALUES AND ALTERNATIVE CAPITALISM
This paper explores why unconventional and esoteric philosophical and religious beliefs have sometimes provided the foundation for successful business enterprises over the last two hundred years, and more especially for businesses pursuing goals other than securing returns to shareholders. It will use the examples of leaders influenced by Anthroposophy, Jainism, Mormonism, and process philosophy who developed ventures with shared characteristics including a stakeholder view of capitalism, a systems-wide and holistic view of the role of business in society, a deep embedment in local community, and a broad spirituality which infused a world view.
Attendees are encouraged to read Jones' paper, "Unconventional and Esoteric Values and Alternative Capitalism," which may be obtained by contacting Carol Lockman at clockman@Hagley.org.
Free, reply requested, call (302) 658-2400, ext. 243, or email Carol Lockman at clockman@Hagley.org.
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inside business circles it was unclear how to define “business executive” as an occupational category or what traits predicted an executive’s success.
Danya Pilgrim is a PhD in African American Studies and American Studies, completed at Yale University in 2019. Pilgrim is a social and cultural historian with research interests in domestic arts and foodways, and the African American experience.