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Spiritual capital: The co‐evolution of an ethical framework based on Abrahamic religious values in the Islamic tradition

Ouarda Dsouli (Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK)
Nadeem Khan (Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK)
Nada K. Kakabadse (Northampton Business School, The University of Northampton, Northampton, UK)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 19 October 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The aim of this paper is to investigate how values from within Abrahamic religions could be adopted to improve liberal market economies’ (LMEs’) corporate governance business practices.

Design/methodology/approach

The concept of spiritual capitalism is explained from an Islamic perspective by adopting three universal Abrahamic values to critically analyse LMEs and offer an ethical alternative to current capitalism concerns.

Findings

It is found that LMEs can be improved by considering all stakeholders, putting ethics before economics, and introducing shared risk/reward plus lower debt.

Originality/value

The paper compares LMEs/Co‐ordinated market economies (CMEs)/Islamic countries economies (ICEs) within an ethical framework for LMEs.

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Citation

Dsouli, O., Khan, N. and Kakabadse, N.K. (2012), "Spiritual capital: The co‐evolution of an ethical framework based on Abrahamic religious values in the Islamic tradition", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 31 No. 10, pp. 1058-1076. https://doi.org/10.1108/02621711211281843

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2012, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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