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Researching Workplace Spiritualization through Auto/ethnography

Cullen, John G. (2011) Researching Workplace Spiritualization through Auto/ethnography. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 8 (2). pp. 143-164. ISSN 1476-6086

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a heavily abbreviated pre‐print of a full article which has been published as Researching Workplace Spiritualization Through Auto/ethnography
Keywords: spiritual management development; auto/ethnography; learning;
Subjects: Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > School of Business, Design & Innovation, Management
Item ID: 2597
Depositing User: Dr. John G. Cullen
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2011 11:31
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Refereed: Yes
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