developments have taken place in the field of management in the last
century and the present millennium from the perspective of both theory
and practice. These developments have not only shown its impact on
the economy of nations, technology and business organizations but
also on the world society and human psyche. Whether the impact is
positive or negative is a subject of debate. But one thing that is
apparent is that this field is constantly evolving and more and more
dimensions are added to it by management thinkers on continuous basis.
The field of management is highly practical in nature and that makes
it prone to highest level of scrutiny. Theories are accepted and rejected
on the basis of its practical utility in short term or long term.
If we look back at most of the modern management theories, one
inherent fallacy that can easily be observed is that they have been
developed with the mindset that profits are more important than
the human beings. Profit or any other factor can never supersede
the human factor and that is a reality. Ignoring the human factor
can never lead to long term survival of not only a management theory
but also business organizations and even nations. Modern day economists
have based their theories on the assumption that there are limited
resources and unlimited human needs. By assuming that human beings
have unlimited needs is in one way degrading the human beings. All
human beings have limited needs like food, water, clothes and shelter
and rest all other things come under desire and not needs. Desires
are endless and needs are limited. Control over desires take human
beings to the higher level of evolution and pursuance of more and
more desires degrade human beings to the animal level. Moreover
the nature has given enough resources to fulfill the needs of all
human beings but when it comes to desire there always will be scarcity.
Mahatama Gandhi had once said that this earth is too big to take
care of all human beings but is too small for the greed of people.
Now the time has come to come out of the reverse thinking process
that prevailed for last so many decades where a myopic view of pursuing
self-interest at any cost was the core theme of management and economic
thinking process. Fragmentation has to be get away with integration.
This whole world is interconnected and the basis of all thinking
process should be the holistic development of all the human beings
of this earth. Sacrificing element should enter into the thought
process rather than the self-interest. Materialistic pleasures have
no end and it leads people into vicious circle. Self-management
is more important today than managing machines, technology, and
business organizations. In ancient Indian wisdom and spirituality,
self-management has been given utmost importance because to manage
the outside world it is imperative to manage self first.
With the above thoughts at the back of the mind, School of Management
Sciences has taken a novel initiative to add a new dimension into
the management thinking by starting a bi-annual journal ‘Purushartha’.
The Journal ‘Purushartha’ has been started with an objective
to focus primarily on:
- Blending of ancient Indian management thoughts with the modern
- Business ethics
- Indian spirituality for modern business
It is strongly felt that there are many unexplored dimensions and
fewer researches have been done on the above subjects. Through this
journal an effort has been made to explore those dimensions for
enriching the modern management science. It is worth mentioning
that our effort through this journal for blending ancient Indian
wisdom, ethics, values and spirituality with modern management thoughts
primarily derived from West is being appreciated by the academia
and industry as well.
We hope that through the support of all of you we will be able
to achieve our objectives. We solicit suggestion and advice from
all of you for improving the quality of the journal.
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