Towards a critical spirituality of organization
Bell, E., 2008. Towards a critical spirituality of organization. Culture and Organization, 14 (3), pp. 293-307.
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In contrast to the current tide of literature which predominantly emphasizes the integrative potential of spirituality in the workplace, this article explores the possibility that spirituality can act as a force of resistance in relation to management through the development of a practice-based morality. It focuses on two historical cases where a synthesis between Christianity and Marxism provided the basis for challenging organizational practice. The first involves the French worker-priests (1943-54) and the second concerns the role of industrial mission in the British coal miners' strike (1984-85). These two cases illustrate the potential for achieving a synthesis between Christianity and Marxism in the form of a practice-based morality that involves a concern with the exterior, political and social aspects of religion in addition to the preoccupation with the interior search for meaningful existence which tends to dominate managerial approaches.
|Uncontrolled Keywords||industrial mission, marxism, worker-priests, liberation theology, critical spirituality|
|Departments||School of Management|
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