The role of spirituality in business education

The role of spirituality in business education Purpose – This paper aims to argue that there is a strong imbalance in business education between providing abstract, rational concepts and opportunities for personal growth. Introducing spirituality in business education seems to be desirable if we want to prepare students for the complexities and challenges of the workplace today. Design/methodology/approach – The paper gives an example of how techniques from voice and drama therapy can be used for enabling students to look beyond the rational and the material. Findings – By engaging with their “true self”, students may discover dormant qualities in themselves and start to find their purpose, meaning and spirituality. Originality/value – The paper shows that by introducing some new approaches in business education, we can provide opportunities for students to connect their rational thoughts with conscience and the “true self”. When students make an integrated use of our mental, emotional and spiritual resources, they are better equipped to make complex decisions and behave ethically in the workplace and in their personal lives. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Society and Business Review Emerald Publishing

The role of spirituality in business education

Society and Business Review, Volume 10 (1): 9 – Feb 9, 2015

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1746-5680
DOI
10.1108/SBR-07-2014-0034
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to argue that there is a strong imbalance in business education between providing abstract, rational concepts and opportunities for personal growth. Introducing spirituality in business education seems to be desirable if we want to prepare students for the complexities and challenges of the workplace today. Design/methodology/approach – The paper gives an example of how techniques from voice and drama therapy can be used for enabling students to look beyond the rational and the material. Findings – By engaging with their “true self”, students may discover dormant qualities in themselves and start to find their purpose, meaning and spirituality. Originality/value – The paper shows that by introducing some new approaches in business education, we can provide opportunities for students to connect their rational thoughts with conscience and the “true self”. When students make an integrated use of our mental, emotional and spiritual resources, they are better equipped to make complex decisions and behave ethically in the workplace and in their personal lives.

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Society and Business ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 9, 2015

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