1st Edition

Spiritual Capital
A Moral Core for Social and Economic Justice



ISBN 9781409404842
Published January 28, 2013 by Gower
324 Pages

USD $175.00

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Book Description

Presenting a thorough, comprehensive theory of spiritual capital based on solid academic research, 'Spiritual Capital' serves to reinforce and amplify the notion of a moral economic core that is beginning to feature in contemporary economic arguments. In this rare major work wholly dedicated to the subject of spiritual capital, Sam Rima explains the desperate need for revolutionary and transformational thinking in the area of economic policy and practice and makes the case for a new moral foundation to business and economics that directly addresses today's financial and business crisis. Writing in an accessible style, and drawing on examples from several continents, Rima explains spiritual capital theory in terms of the resources needed for its creation, how it is formed, how it can be invested and what the return on investment can be. The book provides practical tools for measuring a personal or organizational store of spiritual capital, along with clear guidelines on how to engage in spiritual capital formation. These will benefit business leaders interested in developing viable and sustainable enterprises capable of avoiding the disconnection between economic policy and social reality. There are also recommendations here for policy makers regarding the macro application of spiritual capital theory. This important contribution to Gower's Transformation and Innovation Series will appeal to business leaders and policy makers, academicians and students in the fields of sociology, theology, and economics, and anyone interested in social and economic justice issues, social innovation, and corporate social responsibility.

Table of Contents

List of Figures List of Tables List of Abbreviations Acknowledgements Preface -- Introduction -- PART 1 GROUNDING -- 1 Subjective Grounding of the Book: My Indigenous, Exogenous Journey -- 2 objective Grounding of the Book: the Missing Moral Core -- part 2 emerging -- 3 The Emergence of the Missing Moral Core and the Need for Spiritual Capital -- PART 3 NAviGATING -- 4 The Economic Mainstream and Its Critics -- 5 Spiritual Capital: A Moral Core for Social and Economic -- Justice -- 6 Integral Research Leading to Spiritual Capital Theory -- PART 4 EFFECTING -- 7 A Theory of Spiritual Capital -- 9 Spiritual Capital to Integral Economy: Journeying from -- America to Africa and Africa to America -- Appendix A: Grounded Theory Interview Questions -- Appendix B: Spiritual Capital Inventory Survey -- Appendix C: Spiritual Capital Inventory Grid -- Further Reading -- Bibliography -- Index

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Biography

Dr Samuel D. Rima has worked in national politics, the Church, and academia. The author of three books, he holds a Master of Divinity degree from Talbot School of Theology, A Doctor of Ministry degree in transformational leadership, and a Ph.D. from the University of Buckingham, UK. He has taught and lectured all over the world. He was formerly the Director of the doctoral program at Bethel University's Seminary and continues to serve there as faculty in the Center for Transformational Leadership. Dr Rima worked with the Sekem Group in Cairo, as Director of the Heliopolis University Center for Social Innovation, until the Egyptian Revolution intervened. He is a co-founder of the Movement for the Advancement of Spiritual Capital (MASC), which has as its mission capacity building for the common good.