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Collective Spirituality: Integrative conceptualization and implications for organization design

how can we bring our “whole self” to and experience meaning at work?

Employees and institutions feel the pressure of having to reinvent the reasoning behind their existence (e.g. why we exist) (Nandram, 2019). Spirituality is one of the domains that deals with such existential questions. Hence, it is important organizations discover ways to connect to spirituality as an anchor in work life, especially given the impact of disruptive technological advancements, such as AI (Nandram, 2019). The intersubjective nature of organizations necessitates a collective spiritual solution.


The research’s phenomenon of interest is collective spirituality in organizational settings and it adopts an applied orientation. It aspires to contribute to the societal impact spirituality  can have by learning from lived Hindu practices to enrich the organizational context.

 

The research aims to develop a theory of collective spirituality in organizations from an integrative perspective (Nandram & Bindlish, 2022) with the methodology of Grounded Theory. At the end of the theory building process, the Tarka Methodology of the Nyaya and Vaisheshika Hindu philosophies will be applied for validation. 

References

Nandram, S. S. (2019). Integrative Spirituality in the Fourth Industrial Revolution: From How We Do Things To Why We Exist  [Inaugural Speech]. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. https://research.vu.nl/en/publications/integrative-spirituality-in-the-fourth-industrial-revolution-from 

Nandram, S. S., & Bindlish, P. (2022). Indigenous studies with an integrative research approach. In Y. Altman, J. Neal, & W. Mayrhofer (Eds.), Workplace Spirituality: Making a difference. DeGruyter. 

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