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Researching Workplace Spiritualization through Auto/ethnography
Cullen, John G.
Studying the spiritual in workplace settings presents a significant challenge to the organizational ethnographer. Spirituality is such a fluid and deeply subjective concept that is often understood and practiced in ways that are implicit to individuals and attempts to study it in the workplace risk producing accounts that reductive and inaccurate. In an effort to craft a rigorous and representative account of the deployment of a Spiritual Management Development (SMD) initiative in large services organization, I experimented with a form of autoethnography, referred to as ‘auto/ethnography’ in this paper, which attempted to produce a rounded and holistic account of reactions to the initiative. The generic elements of this method are presented with a view to demonstrating the possibilities and difficulties associated with adopting this research approach to the study of workplace spirituality. I experimented with a form of autoethnography, referred to as ‘auto/ ethnography’ in this article, which attempted to produce a rounded and holistic account of reactions to the initiative. The generic elements of this method are presented with a view to demonstrating the possibilities and difficulties associated with adopting this research approach to the study of workplace spirituality.
Keyword(s): Sociology; School of Business; spiritual management development; auto/ethnography; learning
Publication Date:
2011
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Institution: Maynooth University
Citation(s): Cullen, John G. (2011) Researching Workplace Spiritualization through Auto/ethnography. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 8 (2). pp. 143-164. ISSN 1476-6086
Publisher(s): Taylor & Francis
File Format(s): application/pdf
Related Link(s): http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/2597/1/JC__Autoethnogr.pdf
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