Ronald Purser, Ph.D. is a professor of management at San Francisco State University where he has taught the last twenty three years in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership, MBA graduate and undergraduate business programs. Prior to moving to San Francisco, he taught at Loyola University of Chicago, at the Center for Organization Development Masters program. He received his doctorate in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Purser is former chair of the Academy of Management’s Organizational Development and Change division, and currently serves on the editorial boards of the academic journal Mindfuness, World Futures, as well as on the executive board of the Consciousness, Mindfulness and Compassion (CMC) International Association.
Author, co-author/editor of eight books including, McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality (Repeater Books), Ethical Foundations of Mindfulness (Springer), Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context and Social Engagement (Springer), 24/7: Time and Temporality in the Network Society (Stanford University Press, 2007), Social Creativity (Vol. 1, Hampton Press), Social Creativity (Vol. 2, Hampton Press), The Self Managing Organization (Simon & Schuster), The Search Conference (John Wiley/ Jossey Bass) and over 60 academic journal articles and book chapters. His recent writings critically examine Buddhism’s encounter with modernity, capitalism and individualism, particularly in corporate settings.
Dr. Purser began his formal Buddhist training beginning in 1981 at the Tibetan Nyingma Institute in Berkeley. In 1985, he was a student at the Cleveland Zen Center under Koshin Ogui Sensei who had been Shunryu Suzuki’s personal assistant in the early 1960’s. He has studied with numerous Zen teachers and Tibetan lamas, is now an ordained Dharma instructor in the Korean Zen Buddhist Taego order.
His media articles Beyond McMindfulness (with David Loy), Mindfulness’ Truthiness Problem (with Andrew Cooper), and Corporate Mindfulness Is Bullsh*t (with Edwin Ng) went viral in the Huffington Post and Salon.com in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
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