The Quakers: Pioneers of Responsible Management

  • Nicholas BurtonEmail author
  • Richard Turnbull
Part of the CSR, Sustainability, Ethics & Governance book series (CSEG)


This volume brings together a collection of essays by Quaker and other scholars and practitioners from the fields of Management, Organisation and Theology. While the historical Quaker contribution to business and industry has been explored in a few important books (see Raistrick 1950; Walvin 1998; Windsor 1980; King 2014), this volume significantly widens the scope of enquiry to examine the broader perspective of a Quaker contribution to responsible business and corporate responsibility, with topics that encompass both a historical and contemporary perspective.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Newcastle Business SchoolNorthumbria UniversityNewcastleUK
  2. 2.Centre for Enterprise, Markets and EthicsOxfordUK

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