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Business for the Common Good: A Christian Vision for the Marketplace

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Is business just a way to make money? Or can the marketplace a venue for service to others? Scott B. Rae and Kenman L. Wong seek to explore this and other critical business issues from a uniquely Christian perspective, offering up a vision for work and service that is theologically grounded and practically oriented. Among the specific questions they address along the way ...more
Paperback, 287 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by IVP Academic (first published February 1st 2011)
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Wayne Smith
Sep 27, 2016 Wayne Smith rated it really liked it
The authors of Business for the Common Good clearly state the purpose of the book. They are seeking to explore the understanding of business as a calling. More specifically they state, “Business, we will argue, is a calling to serve the common good through transformational service” (p. 33). However, the ground covered in this work is quite broad.

The writers ground their perspective in the Scriptures by tying their argument to an understanding of work from the Garden of Eden and then discuss the
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Donovan Richards
Aug 04, 2011 Donovan Richards rated it really liked it
Another Way of Doing Business

The School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University teaches that the purpose of business is to serve the common good.

This philosophy, titled "Another Way of Doing Business," has, in turn, inspired SBE scholars to research and explore supporting and complementary ideas. As such, Business for the Common Good is the perfect companion to SBE Dean Jeff Van Duzer’s Why Business Matters to God.

Where Van Duzer’s Why Business Matters to God focuses on the theor
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Mark Oppenlander
More and more people of Christian faith believe that working in business can be a legitimate calling. But what kind of a calling is it? What are businesspeople being called to do or be? Professors Kenman Wong (Seattle Pacific University) and Scott Rae (Biola) set out to answer that query. (Full disclosure: Dr. Wong and I work in the same academic unit at SPU.)

The book consists of a series of chapters that investigate various aspects of what it means to be a businessperson, teasing out the theolo
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Pearlie
Sep 06, 2014 Pearlie rated it it was amazing
I bought this book quite awhile ago but did not have the urge to read it, though I did try. I picked it up again about five days ago and found it a wonderful and much needed read.

It is a part of a larger integration series that attempts to integrate the Christian life to various areas of living. This book deals with the integration with our work and career in the business world.

Its conviction is that "business, from a Christian viewpoint...is a calling to transformational service for the commo
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Alyssa Cara
Jun 27, 2013 Alyssa Cara rated it liked it
I read this book as part of an Integrating Faith and Business course required for my M.B.A. Though I am a Christian myself, I believe that a great deal of the ideas suggested in this book would be appealing to those who have no religious preference as well. Many of the thoughts, though stemming from Biblical teachings, reinforce ideas of ethics and morality in business that can be applied to both faith-based and secular institutions. My chief complaint is that several times I found myself ...more
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