Spirituality and Ethical Behaviour in the Workplace: Wishful Thinking or Authentic Reality

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dc.contributor.author McGhee, Peter
dc.contributor.author Grant, Patricia
dc.date.accessioned 2010-10-05T07:22:27Z
dc.date.available 2010-10-05T07:22:27Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation McGhee, P. & Grant, P.(2008). Spirituality and Ethical Behaviour in the Workplace: Wishful Thinking or Authentic Reality. EJBO - Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies, Vol. 13  (2). Retrieved from http://ejbo.jyu.fi
dc.identifier.issn 1239-2685
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/25429
dc.description.abstract The link between religion and work is not new. For centuries, people have strived to interpret their work through religious lenses. Recently, however, a significant paradigm shift has occurred. The current view is that spirituality, as opposed to religion, is a better construct for understanding the relationship between the individual and modern pluralistic workplaces. This current perspective, sourced in various socio-cultural factors, views spirituality as positively influencing numerous organisational outcomes. Also implicit within this discourse is the notion that allowing and encouraging spirituality in the workplace leads to improved ethical behaviour at a personal level and an enhanced ethical climate/culture at an organisational level. What is unclear, however, is how an individual’s spirituality translates into ethical behaviour within an organisational context and the impact of this conversion. This paper develops a model explaining this process. Peter McGhee Patricia GrantA review of the relevant literature recognised several characteristics that permeate discussions on spirituality. This paper’s premise is that these characteristics inform an individual’s choice of values – they form a type of regulative ideal. The model developed explains the link between these values and virtue and therefore ethical behaviour in the workplace. The values frameworks developed recently in the spirituality literature specify those things a spiritual person perceives as worth having, getting or doing. This paper contends that these values, particular to spiritual persons, contribute to the flourishing of individuals and therefore lead to the acquisition of virtue. Spiritual persons are likely to be ethical persons. Such individuals are likely to be of significant benefit to their organisations. en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Business and Organization Ethics Network (BON)
dc.relation.ispartofseries EJBO - Electronic Journal of Business Ethics and Organization Studies
dc.relation.uri http://ejbo.jyu.fi
dc.subject.other spirituality en
dc.subject.other workplace en
dc.subject.other values en
dc.subject.other virtues en
dc.subject.other ethical behaviour en
dc.title Spirituality and Ethical Behaviour in the Workplace: Wishful Thinking or Authentic Reality
dc.type Article en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201010052940

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