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Jainism and Ethical Finance: A Timeless Business Model

ISBN: 9781138648869
Publisher: Routledge
Edition: 1
Publication Date: 2017-04-07
Number of pages: 190
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The financial crisis of 2008 has led to a re-evaluation of the role

of financial institutions and their relationship with the wider

economy and society. This process has meant an increased

questioning of both the conduct of business itself and the

principles behind commercial and financial activities. Yet non-western

voices have been notably absent from this debate, as

have alternatives to the dominant western-derived economic

ideologies. From the ancient spiritual wisdom or Dharma of

the Jains, there emerges a practical modern philosophy fully in

tune with the re-emergence of India as a global economic

power. Jain individuals, businesses and charities have played a

powerful role in India’s rise and within the global Indian

Diaspora. Jain communities are noted everywhere for their

contributions to business, the professions and science. These

successes are based on the principles of interdependence and

co-operation, with an emphasis on long-term consolidation

rather than short-term bursts of growth. Researchers and

students interested in the ethics of finance, accounting and

economics will find Jainism and Ethical Finance a scholarly and

illuminating evaluation of Jain Dharma as a non-western case

study. In the light of current concerns about the way global

finance and banking systems operate, this book offers a timely

alternative perspective.

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