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Tenth International Conference on Tawhid and the World-System: God-Conscious Organization and the Conscious Social Order

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Conference dates: Friday and Saturday, December 27-28, 2013

Institute of Islam Hadhari, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysis, Bang, Selangor, Malaysia and Research Center for Islamic Economics and Finance, Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysis and in cooperation with The Postgraduate Program in Islamic Economics and Finance (IEF), Faculty of Economics, Trisakti University, Jakarta, Indonesia



The focus of the conference is to apply the epistemology and methodology of monotheistic unity of knowledge referred to as Tawhid in Islam, to the conception, design, perspectives, and economic, financial, managerial, and social aspects of what will be termed as God-conscious organization. The intellection in this respect takes us beyond the received understanding of the organization as a maximization institution with internal discursive processes and external competition behaviour. The overwhelming focus of such organizations on commercialism, globalization, and self-seeking optimizing behaviour is premised on the postulate of economic rationality. This perspective abides in modern organizational behaviour, despite the existence of dialectical reasoning in it. Such methodological approaches of competition and self-seeking behaviour are central to the case of Herbert Simon's models of man and organization; Kenneth Arrow on organizational behaviour; new institutionalism and organizational behaviour; and system-oriented approaches to the study of organizations. Mainstream organizations have divorced the central relevance of morality and ethics, and thereby God and the divine law, from the moral reconstruction of organizational world-system and all that this includes. The results have been an exclusive society and its consequences in everything that begs for ethical attention.

Portfolio of topics

The portfolio abounds in recognition of lost human values and the possibility of their moral and ethical reconstruction. Among the topics are the following: Ethical values endogenous in social choices. The goal of poverty alleviation. Ethical preferences in material choices. A society and its scientific reasoning that are possible in the endogenous interaction, integration, and creative evolution by discursive learning. Sustainability by the learning dynamics in unity of the social order. On the other end there are the organizational goals, such as: The goal of self-actualization of an inclusive society of peace and plenty. Equitable distribution and ownership. Life-fulfilment development regimes by needs, shunning wants. Sustainability by the medium of evolutionary learning to coexist in a discursive social order. Institutional, economic; financial, and social contracts and arrangements of an inclusive world order both in the realms of thought and applications concerning social justice, fairness, coexistence and ethicality. Stakeholders model compared and contrasted with shareholders model of organizations for attaining social ethicality. Systems models of organizational decision making serving social consciousness.

The overarching theme of Tawhid and the theme of the conference

While there are rich domains of intellection and applications in every civilization comparatively examined, there is within these contributions the abiding legacy of Islam to posterity. Thereby comes about the prominent area of discussing and evaluating the possibility of applications of the episteme of the monotheistic law of oneness in the generalized and particular issues that arise within the theme of this conference. The law of monotheistic oneness, including both its ontology and applications by means of the epistemology of unity of knowledge, is called Tawhid in Islam. While the focus of the conference will be on the Tawhidi law in explaining various aspects of God-conscious organization on economic, financial, social, and global issues facing human wellbeing and social choices, papers are invited on comparative studies as well. An example here is of a just social choice that can be enabled by God-centered organizations, where self-seeking organizations fail. Stakeholder organizations in preference to shareholding organizations and their valuations address social ethics of wellbeing and sustainability, whereas modern organizations are not well-known to perform in these areas. There is thus the opposition between blue ocean strategy and red ocean strategy, as noted by Kim and Maubourgne. The above-mentioned issues on the Tawhidi epistemological applications and other comparative episteme concerning the social order affected by God-conscious organizational behaviour will be the theme of focus of the Tenth International Conference. Papers are invited from the expanded diverse areas of the theme.

Please follow the following steps:

  1. Papers must be scholarly in nature within the conceptual and applied framework.
  2. Only completed papers need to be submitted for inclusion in the conference program.
  3. Deadline for receiving completed papers is 30 September, 2013.
  4. Papers need to be submitted online and addressed to the following persons: Professor Masudul Alam Choudhury, Department of Economics, College of Economics and Political Science, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat 123, Sultanate of Oman ([email protected]; [email protected]) and Professor Abdul Ghafar Ismail, School of Economics, Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia ([email protected])    

Conferees are asked to arrange their conferences expenses. This conference, like its successful predecessors, is a meeting of minds among thinkers, scholars and practitioners. The papers presented at the conference will be reviewed for consideration to publish in the Proceedings of the conference papers in special issues of Humanomics: The international journal of systems and ethics (Vol. 32, 2014; Emerald Publications).