In need for a more holistic perspective

clarifying instrumental and non-instrumental approaches to workplace spirituality

Ekaterina Zhuravela, Grant Jones

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Abstract

Different approaches within the emerging literature on spirituality at work are analysed using the construct of instrumental and non-instrumental approaches. These approaches deal with either expected or unfolding effects of spirituality and have profound implications for organisations because they shed light on the issue of the manipulative or authentic application of workplace spirituality. Linking the instrumental approach to objective, and non-instrumental - to subjective research methodologies makes the ontological and epistemological assumptions of instrumentalism and non-instrumentalism explicit and enables the identification of the fundamentally different nature of the research questions originating from these two perspectives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th ANZAM Conference
Subtitle of host publicationengaging the multiple contexts of management
EditorsD. Davies, G. Fisher, R. Hughes
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)1740882458
Publication statusPublished - 2005
EventAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (19th : 2005) - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 200510 Dec 2005

Conference

ConferenceAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (19th : 2005)
CountryAustralia
CityCanberra
Period7/12/0510/12/05

Keywords

  • spirituality at work
  • workplace spirituality
  • instrumental
  • non-instrumental
  • pragmatic

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    Zhuravela, E., & Jones, G. (2005). In need for a more holistic perspective: clarifying instrumental and non-instrumental approaches to workplace spirituality. In D. Davies, G. Fisher, & R. Hughes (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th ANZAM Conference: engaging the multiple contexts of management Sydney: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management.