Conceptualization of Workplace Spirituality in an Eastern Context

Authors

ผศ.ดร.ภาวิณี เพชรสว่าง, ผศ.Arjun Shrestha, ศ. ดร.Bal Chandra Luitel Bal Chandra Luitel

Published

the Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (INDAM 2020)

Abstract

Workplace spirituality is a complex construct and is perceived differently in different cultures and
contexts. The purpose of this study was to construct the meaning of workplace spirituality from the
perceptions of employees in an Eastern context, particularly Nepal, which is primarily dominated by
the Vedic and Buddhist spiritual traditions. This study utilized the constructivist grounded theory
methodology to elucidate the meaning of WPS. The analysis of data revealed that WPS is a multidimensional construct having nine distinct dimensions – Altruistic Motive, Interpersonal Positivity,
Compassion, Inner Calmness, Duty Orientation, Sense of Collaboration, Interconnectedness, SelfRegulation, and Higher Consciousness. The emergence of these dimensions is discussed in light of the
Western WPS literature and the teachings of Vedic and Buddhist spiritual traditions. Finally, practical
and research implications are drawn and the study’s limitations are highlighted.

Conceptualization of Workplace Spirituality in an Eastern Context. Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli, the Sixth Biennial Conference of the Indian Academy of Management (INDAM 2020) (xx-xx).