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Doing Virtuous Business: The Remarkable Success of Spiritual Enterprise

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Can the concept of "Spiritual Capital" actually ensure a company's success?

Critics of capitalism view big businesses as insatiable masters of the universe that hold little regard for the public, and label those who create wealth as greedy, malicious, and unscrupulous. In this insightful and original book, Theodore Roosevelt Malloch answers these charges head-on with the b
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Published March 31st 2011 by Tantor Media (first published March 29th 2011)
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Jan 08, 2017 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The terms human capital and social capital are familiar to those involved in business and entrepreneurship. Less so is the term 'spiritual capital'. In Doing Virtuous Business Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, explores this slippery concept. Malloch is "Chairman and CEO of The Global Fiduciary Governance LLC, a leading strategy thought leadership company" and has done much research on the role of values in business.

The main thesis here that faith changes businesses by injecting 'spiritual capital'. Th
May 07, 2011 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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I received a copy of this book free from Book Sneeze, and sadly, yields another mediocre review. In the case of this most recent book, I think it just boils down to a difference political ideology from that of the author.

I want to commend Theodore Roosevelt Malloch for his efforts to bring honor, integrity, and credibility back to the workplace, as well as for the emphasis on using one’s business as a tool to produce positive change in the world. Relying on a myriad of religious teachings and fa
Jun 05, 2011 Roy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Doing Virtuous Business
Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
© 2008 by Theodore Roosevelt Malloch
Published by Thomas Nelson

This book was previously published under the title Spiritual Enterprise: Doing Virtuous Business, recently republished under the current name. The author comes with an impressive set of credentials and with an equally-impressive set of recommendations to read this book. Unfortunately, the secular credentials do not withstand spiritual scrutiny. The redeeming result from this book is the
Sarah Oyerinde
In Doing Virtuous Business, Theodore Malloch first argues for, and seeks to refine, a concept called “spiritual capital”. He separates spiritual capital from social capital and defines it as "the fund of beliefs, examples, and commitments that are transmitted from generation to generation through a religious tradition, and that attach people to the transcendental source of human happiness.” Alongside of this, Malloch also takes readers through a course in virtues, including classic Greek and Rom ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Gregory rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed this book, though it took me into waters where I seldom swim. I am a theologian by education and a teacher by trade. I know next to nothing about economics, but I was intrigued by this book's title, especially as I am just beginning to learn about how the church should engage in business and in economic development. Dr. Theodore Malloch maintains that companies can do good, while still succeeding in business. The examples he presented were persuasive and encouraging. There are a number ...more
Brenten Gilbert
Business Ethics may be the butt of many a joke, but Theodore Roosevelt Malloch believes it’s not only possible, but the best way to achieve ultimate success in the business world. In fact, Malloch credits solid ethics and morals as the cornerstone of proper business activities. This spiritual capital (as he dubs it) creates a currency of sorts which serves as the lifeblood of any organization.

Doing Virtuous Business is a bit headier than i expected as it delved into a number of economic principl
David McClendon, Sr
This book takes the reader through a series of different stories of businesses that have done business the virtuous way and have prospered because of it or in spite of it depending on your view. The book tells us stories of Tyson Chicken, Chik Filet, Wal-Mart and a few others and how they fared because of this. In some cases, the original fallout was intense and caused the company undue hardship. In the end, the companies emerged stronger and better than they had been before the problem occurred ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Doing Virtuous Business reflects on the virtues that are basic to beginning your own company, or establishing basic morals in one that is already established. It goes over how various companies have incorporated these virtures, and provides hope for people who might believe their is not any for present companies.
The book does have the range to appeal to people not the target audience of this book. People can apply the principles here in all parts of their life. The virtues are demonstrated in
Jul 05, 2011 Cheryl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is about how to run a business in a virtuous manner. He caught my attention in the beginning of the first chapter when he asserted, “…that the creation of wealth by virtuous means is the most important thing we can do for ourselves and others, for our society, and for the world at large.” I can’t say that he totally convinced me on that point, but he had some compelling arguments.

Another one of the author’s main themes is that the most successful companies have lots of spiritual capita
Jul 18, 2012 Curtis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book comes across as a bit facile. I'm a bit biased against virtue ethics in that way though. Sure, building character is important, but decision-making processes are based on more than just character. The hard decisions are made after already assuming virtuous agents.

Malloch also pushes for a two-tiered ethics where the spiritual entrepreneurs of the world are the analogs of the medieval religious. The rest of us non-businessminded people are relegated to the second tier. It rings a big o
Joseph Sunde
Several good insights, but overall too hum-drum, lacking cohesion, and a bit sloppy in argumentation
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