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Facilitating workplace spirituality: lessons from Indian spiritual traditions

  • Purpose The purpose of this paper is to seek to propose that spiritual traditions of India have enormous wisdom to provide a wholesome spiritual foundation to the modern day management. It can also play a significant role in facilitating the dimensions of workplace spirituality as conceptualized by the western counterparts. The paper does not intend to reient the wheel but to present an integrated framework for facilitating workplace spirituality that incorporates the western and the Indian views._x000D_ Design/methodology/approach For this study, the authors maintained an open approach. The authors first reviewed the extant literature on workplace spirituality to explore its dimensions. Thereafter, the authors searched for Indian spiritual traditions that can be suggested to have some similarity with the dimensions of workplace spirituality and can further help in facilitating those dimensions at the workplace._x000D_ Findings The paper presents an integrated framework that suggests that doctrine of Karma Yoga, tradition of Loksangrah, Guna theory, daivi sampat and Pancha Kosha model can help in facilitating the five dimensions of workplace spirituality specified in the study._x000D_ Research limitations/implications The study proposes five dimensions of workplace spirituality which is not an exhaustive list. These dimensions may be facilitated by a variety of Indian spiritual traditions but this study includes only five specific Indian traditions._x000D_ Originality/value The authors have creatively integrated the eastern and the western knowledge to come up with a framework that enriches the concept of workplace spirituality facilitation._x000D_

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Document Type:Article
Author:Radha R. Sharma
Chairs and Professorships:Chair of Corporate Responsibility and Governance
Year of Completion:2014
In: Journal of Management Development, 33 (2014) 8/9, 847-859