|Educational Research (ISSN: 2141-5161) Vol. 4(8), pp. 618-626, August 2013. DOI: http:/dx.doi.org/10.14303/er.2013.116. Copyright © 2013 International Research Journals|
Buddhism and marketing: The blue sky is the cover of the coffin…
Prof. Dr. K. C. Patrick Low
Ph.D. Chartered Marketer, Certified MBTI Administrator & Certified Behavioral Consultant/ Associate Training Consultant, ILIA, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Professor of Management and Marketing/ Associate, University of South Australia
Visiting Professor, MBA/ Graduate School of Business, University of the South Pacific
When one talks of the Buddha and/or even Buddhism, one seldom thinks of marketing. Well, open the door of your heart to Buddhist marketing; in this article, the practitioner-academician author taps the wisdom of Buddhism/ Buddhist philosophy and applies them to marketing with key marketing lessons and modern-day corporate social responsibility relevance. He speaks of there is need to let go and maintain some form of balance too. And he also presents the essence and inspirations of Buddhism to readers and students of marketing. More specifically, not to be treated as a proselytizing text, the paper argues approvingly, indicating a possible tipping point, of a posture where marketing (business and strategies) should not be dichotomized or treated separately from an ethical posture and attitude that includes sustainable development, ecology, spiritual values and social wellbeing. The paper can thus serve as a springboard for more thinking for a more holistic approach of marketing – if not, Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in a Buddhist way.
Keywords: Buddhism, compassion/ loving-kindness, doing good, contributing to society, social responsibility, service, branding.