The concept of “free agency” in monotheistic religions: Implications for global business [Book Review]

Journal of Business Ethics 60 (1):103 - 112 (2005)
The current debate on “free agency” seems to highlight the romantic aspects of free agent and considers it a genuine response to changing economic conditions (e.g., high-unemployment rate, importance of knowledge in the labor market, the eclipse of organizational loyalty, and self pride). Little attention, if any, has been given to the religious root of the free agency concept and its persistent existence across history. In this paper, the current discourse on free agency and the conditions that have led to its emergence are briefly discussed. The paper focuses on the theological perspectives of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam on the concept. Implications for management and business organizations are provided
Keywords free agency  business and religion  work ethics  comparative religions  motivation and religion  free will
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