Urban Middle-Class Buddhist Reform Movements in Thailand: Economic Systems and Business Ethics

Proceedings of the 41st Annual Macromarketing Conference, (Extended Abstract for the Panel on Religion and Macromarketing Thought), pp. 286-299, Trinity College, Dublin, July 13-15, 2016

9 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2016

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Mark Speece

CMMU College of Management Mahidol University; Thammasat Business School; Dhurakij Pundit University, Bangkok

Date Written: July 13, 2016

Abstract

Economic justice is a critical concern for many societies, frequently fostering debate on the nature of economic systems. Often religious revival contributes substantially to this discussion, because religion is a major source of ethics. This paper examines ‘Buddhist economics’ in modern urban reform Buddhism in Thailand. The three movements discussed here all seek high ethical standards, and stress ethical responsibility, but differ substantially in how much they feel behavior is conditioned by context, and thus, in how much the system needs to change to achieve a more moral society.

Keywords: Buddhist Economics, Buddhist Reform Movements, Thailand

Suggested Citation

Speece, Mark, Urban Middle-Class Buddhist Reform Movements in Thailand: Economic Systems and Business Ethics (July 13, 2016). Proceedings of the 41st Annual Macromarketing Conference, (Extended Abstract for the Panel on Religion and Macromarketing Thought), pp. 286-299, Trinity College, Dublin, July 13-15, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2811658

Mark Speece (Contact Author)

CMMU College of Management Mahidol University

69 Vipawadee Rangsit Road
Samsennai, Phayathai District
Bangkok, Bangkok 10400
Thailand

Thammasat Business School

2 Prachan Road
Pra Nakorn
Bangkok, Bangkok 10200
Thailand

Dhurakij Pundit University, Bangkok ( email )

Prachachuen Road
Bangkok, 10210
Thailand

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