Quaker Business Method: A Contemporary Decision-Making Process?

Burton, Nicholas (2016) Quaker Business Method: A Contemporary Decision-Making Process? In: FAHE 2016 - Friends Association for Higher Education Conference, 15th to 17th June 2016, Birmingham, UK.

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Friends have a long tradition in the world of trade and business, as discussed throughout this collection. While Quaker entrepreneurs from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries such as Abraham Darby, Joseph Rowntree and George Cadbury continue to be studied widely today, the sustained influence of Friends on contemporary responsible business practice remains largely underexplored. In a Faculty publication at George Fox University, Anderson (1995), for instance, notes that “Quakers have influenced the field of business and other professions far beyond their numbers but the facts remain largely unnoticed”. While it is, frankly, a daunting task to try to capture the dense fabric of what characterises a ‘Quaker way’ of responsible business practice, the theology and process by which Friends conduct Meetings for Business deserves renewed attention given its potential relevance as a collaborative method of decision-making in today’s increasingly complex business organisations.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
V600 Theology and Religious studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Nicholas Burton
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2016 10:04
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27780

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