Watch the videos of philosopher, theologian, former ambassador and book author of Business as a Calling and The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, Michael Novak:
Michael Novak examined the moral foundation of markets and what this means for the well being of our society.
Novak spoke on his ground breaking book Business as a Calling in light of our current economic challenges. He offered insights into the role of business (and our work in general) as a potentially important calling and the implications this has for the way we work and do business.
is a leading international scholar and the author of 28 books. He has also been the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and a member of the National Endowment for Democracy Board, the International Broadcasting Board, and the Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice.
“People in business are not merely ‘rational economic agents.’ Each is also a human being in search of his calling.”
“The three cardinal virtues of business are creativity, community, and practical realism. Obviously each of these good habits requires the support of other good habits. Creativity, for example, needs courage, hard building work, and persistence. Building community requires honesty, generosity, and a spirit of justice. And realism implies a capacity to listen, pay attention, stay alert, and take a broad view, as well as a capacity for self-criticism and self-correction”.