Journal of Management Spirituality & Religion
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|Other titles||Journal of management, spirituality & religion (Online), Journal of management, spirituality and religion|
|Material type||Document, Periodical, Internet resource|
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Publications in this journal
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Spiritual leadership is achieving universal recognition as an effective tool to measure the interactive relationship between leaders, followers, and organizational performance. However, the construct needs robust investigation of the relationship to positive organizational behaviors in diverse country contexts. This study examined the relationship of spiritual leadership on organizational citizenship behavior (OCB) through the well-being of workers and the impact of Korean Confucian values with results fully supporting the relationship of employee well-being on OCBs. Furthermore, Confucian values, operationalized as Confucian mindset, also influenced and partially mediated the relationship between spiritual leadership and OCBs. The results of this study lend support to the enabling influence of spiritual leadership on positive organizational behavior such as OCB. Moreover, the study increases our understanding of the emic manifestations, like Confucian values, of leadership theory in generalizing western leadership theories to outside cultures.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: It is widely argued that institutions and organizations are the building blocks of modern societies. However, African nations are characterized by an institutional void and ineffective organizations. In fact, even the effectiveness of informal institutions such as customs and traditions is now debatable. Therefore, this paper sets out to provide a novel approach for building effective organizations, leaders and people based on the foundation of spirituality and the African philosophy of Ubuntu. We coupled the concepts of spirituality and Ubuntu and advanced a framework and techniques to guide the development of African organizations and its people. We have provided theoretical and practical rationale for the use of spirituality and Ubuntu to augment the Western-based modern approach to managing organizations and their people.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In the context of intensifying globalization, and emanating from their responsibilities in large or small businesses, leaders, managers, and people-of-faith must respond to the impacts of increasing competition for resources, jobs, and liveable environments along with everybody else. These competitive dynamics exacerbate tensions among individuals, communities, organizations, and nations. Such tensions are often given religious attributions. Encouragement to express religious influences openly may further exacerbate such tensions. Paradoxically perhaps, we advocate for greater engagement with religious diversity as a source of value rather than a driver of divisions. Managers must ensure such value is realized. We posit that dangerous competitiveness must be transformed to life-sustaining ways of being human. We encourage management educator and practitioner participation in conversations at the conceptual level in order to contribute pragmatically to the confluence of faith, hope, and love to achieve organizational well-being based on ideals of universal justice, environmental restoration, and global peace.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This article explores work as spiritual, emphasizing Catholic social thought and related religious and spiritual writings with a view toward further understanding of work as spiritual, or integrating the sacred in the secular. The literature suggests that work, whatever its form, can be spiritual. However work is done, when its purpose is either religious by the command of God, or spiritual by the innate being of man serving an individual desire or a connection to the universe, the activity exhibits a basic spiritual nature. Exploring this concept remains in an early and incomplete stage and is the subject of additional research. The expression of work as spiritual appears in religions, belief systems, and secular literature. Modern Catholic social thought expressed in encyclicals which reflect earlier scriptural writings, supports a chain of interest drawn through monotheistic religions, and other religions and belief systems. Further, this linkage of work as spiritual appears in the secular writings of, among others, Maslow, Palmer, Wilber, and the neuroscientists Newberg and Waldman. Work as spiritual conceptually exists as an intensely religious experience and in the intense concentration involved in solving an intricate problem. Not as well-known is an understanding of work as spiritual as a way of enhancing personal development, serving others, and higher living that is not necessarily religious.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Stakeholder theory creates a core conflict between managers in publicly held corporations and their boards of directors. Benefit corporation legislation recently adopted in 31 states attempts to address this conflict between shareholder primacy doctrine and stakeholder theory. While benefit corporation statutes offer improvement over traditional corporate structure for firms operating according to instrumental stakeholder theory, they do not fully support the ends of normative stakeholder theory or alternative normative other-constituency approaches, such as recently introduced common good models of the firm. Managers choosing to employ normative other-constituency approaches may choose to put benefit corporation regulations to use in the states where these tools are available, but they will continue to be faced with conflicts between benefit corporation structure/governance and applying normative other-constituency approaches on a day-to-day basis in their operations.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A qualitative meta-analysis of 164 citations to the phrase “cosmology episode” was conducted in order to create an evidence-based reconceptualization of the concept, yielding three findings. The first finding is the literature has moved towards the study of cosmology episodes at multiple levels: i.e. individual, team, organizational, community, and national cosmology episodes. The second finding is the literature has moved towards the study of cosmology episodes as resilience processes: i.e. anticipating, sense-losing, improvising, sense-remaking, and renewing. The third finding is the literature on cosmology episodes has diversified toward five distinct types: i.e. catastrophic, disastrous, contextualized, ancillary and metaphorical cosmology episodes. Taken together, these findings constitute a reconceptualization of the concept of cosmology episode.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Organizational scholars have not considered the potential power of religion as a sensemaking tool. Religion scholars have wondered whether religious sensemaking is simply a post hoc justification for behavior, or whether it can shape future actions. In this article, we present mixed methods research that gets at the intersection of these issues. In interviews with founders of religious nonprofit organizations, we find that many frame their founding experiences in religious terms, such as believing that God gave them the idea for their organization or attributing certain founding events to divine intervention. We then examine data from a survey of young religious nonprofits and find that reports of personal religious experiences are more common among primary founders compared to other leaders. We also find that those founders reporting certain religious experiences work more hours in the organization, suggesting that sensemaking strategies could have consequences for individuals’ behavior.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Scholars in the field of work motivation have begun to formulate contemporary theories that address the self-transcendent needs of people who work in organizations. However, the core assumptions of these theories derive from a secular sociological paradigm purporting that humans are only motivated to sustain a symbiotic relationship initiated by the larger society. Thus, these theories may not accurately explicate the true essence of transcendent work motivation – TWM (i.e. a spiritually induced process driven by a selfless need to improve the welfare of society). Therefore, based on a conceptual model synthesized from biblical exegesis of the Salvationist views of Christianity, two recent theories on TWM were critiqued. In light of the capriciousness of human nature and the skewed depiction of altruism portrayed by these theories, it was argued that the biblical ontological frame of reference provides a better ethical platform through which future studies on TWM could spring up.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The problems of modern man may be related with the difficulty in understanding human nature and its motivations. The Vedic text Tattvabodha by Sankaracharya as well as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs help us to better understand human being and its motives. The purpose of this essay is to articulate an approximation between Tattvabodha and the Hierarchy of Needs. The benefits are that such dialog allows a better understanding of each text, separately and jointly. For Sankaracharya, man is constituted by five layers: food, energy, lower mind, higher mind, and happiness. On the other hand, for Maslow, there are eight needs which may be separated into deficit needs and higher needs. The layers related to food and physiological needs are very close, as well as happiness and self-actualization and transcendence needs.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The business environment has undergone dramatic changes over the past decades that have brought about new expectations within the work environment. Entrepreneurship is one of many areas that has been affected by this shift. In fact, the definition of entrepreneur has evolved beyond the traditional external focus to include an internal organizational perspective known as institutional entrepreneur (IE). IEs initiate structural change within their organizations that transforms the way business is conducted. Current research has demonstrated the importance of workplace spirituality as an element in developing an inclusive organizational culture. In this paper, we draw from the institutional entrepreneurship literature to examine the rise of IEs who champion the development of spiritual workplaces. We call these individuals spiritual institutional entrepreneurs (SIEs). We also present a conceptual model for analyzing the role of SIEs and offer notable executive exemplars who reimagined their organizations through the lens of workplace spirituality.
- [Show abstract] [Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This paper proposes the Faith and Work Organizational Framework as a new organizational framework that builds on and addresses shortcomings of existing rubrics by giving needed attention to human, religious, legal, and organizational dynamics. This framework describes corporate actions and attitudes toward workplace spirituality and religion. It draws on symbolic management theory, and earlier conceptions of faith-friendly workplaces. The Faith and Work Organizational Framework identifies four distinct organizational approaches to addressing religion and spirituality at work (i.e. faith-avoiding, faith-based, faith-safe, and faith-friendly). Part one of this paper contextualizes the need for such a framework in light of the faith-at-work movement, Title VII, and human rights theory. Part two of the paper addresses shortcomings of existing models and offers a new language and framework (with four modalities). The paper concludes with theoretical, research, and practical implications of this framework.
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