TITLE

Workplace Spirituality Empirical Research: A Literature Review

AUTHOR(S)
Geigle, David
PUB. DATE
December 2012
SOURCE
Business & Management Review;Dec2012, Vol. 2 Issue 10, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Much has been written on the theories of workplace spirituality (WS). Much less has been written concerning the empirical research supporting these theories. The purpose of this article is to review the workplace spirituality empirical research. A growing body of knowledge concerning spirituality at work is evident in the literature. A small but growing subset of this knowledge concerns the empirical research on this topic. This study documents the workplace spirituality empirical research including defining and measuring; demographics; implementation; effect on attitudes; impact on performance; and WS effect on ethical decision making. Many of the empirical studies demonstrate a positive effect of WS on job commitment, satisfaction, and performance. In addition, the empirical research on workplace spirituality has demonstrated results in altruism and conscientiousness, self-career management, reduced inter-role conflict, reduced frustration, organization based self-esteem, involvement, retention, and ethical behavior. It is argued that WS constructs need to be better defined in the context of organizational behavior, organizational development, and religion. Better defining workplace spirituality in these contexts will ultimately determine if the movement is a unique body of knowledge or merely an extension of already existing disciplines. For now, the empirical research indicates that workplace spirituality shows promise as a significant new management paradigm.
ACCESSION #
87992059

 

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