Book Review—‘Conscious Governance’

Concept & practice of ‘Corporate Governance’ from an integral, holistic & consciousness perspective. A collection of articles edited by the team at Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Integral Management (SAFIM)

Today, the corporate world as a whole is in the process of acquiring moral conscience. Corporate governance, business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability are some of the expressions through which this growing ethical instinct in the corporate world is trying to express or embody itself. ‘Corporate Governance’ is a much talked about subject in management circles. But this concept of governance is mostly viewed in terms of legal or ethical compliance. There can be a more inwards approach based on the inner governance of consciousness leading to a more effective governance of the outer life from a deep inner centre within us, moving from within outwards.

This book examines the concept and practice of corporate governance from an integral holistic and consciousness perspective. Integral means the inner as well as outer dimensions of life; holistic means looking at corporate governance in the context of the larger corporate environment; consciousness perspective means an emphasis on the inner change of consciousness. The vision or approach presented in this book views corporate governance not exclusively in terms of outer behaviour or organization but mainly as the expressions of inner consciousness of people. Here is a new paradigm of governance that offers a real chance to make a difference to the world around us—not by mandating more and more rules and regulations but by bringing a fundamental and paradigm shift that would plug and stop our current daily dose of scams and frauds both in our politics as well as in business.

This book contains talks given by senior executives and administrators in industry and government, in a conference organized by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India and Sri Aurobindo Foundation of Integral Management and also articles by senior researchers in management, published in professional journals like Chartered Secretary and Chartered Accountant. Contributors include experts such as Anna Kristina Millan, Ashok Haldia, B.L. Bagra, Janamitra Devan, Jitesh Khosla, Former Justice R.C. Lahoti, M.S. Srinivasan, O.P. Dani, Pranav Shirke, R. Bandyopadhyay, Saikat Sen, Sunil Mitra and Suresh Senapaty.

The book is divided into four parts. The first part is on the principals of Corporate Governance. The second part is on Ethics and Values. The third part is on Corporate Social Responsibility. The fourth part is on Corporate Sustainability.

The book is available at the following http://www.auropublications.org/Management—Business/Conscious-Governance-id-2612709.html

M. S. Srinivasan

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