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Mantra and meanings

Elisabeth Mary Wilson (Liverpool Centre for Human Resource Development, Liverpool Business School, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 1 December 1997


The word “mantra” is being used increasingly both in general discourse and in business and management literature. As the practice of mantra is an integral part of yoga, starts by briefly discussing the nature of yoga, describing one well known system of yoga, Patanjali’s Astanga or eightfold path. Discusses classical use of mantra in the yoga tradition and compares this to present day usage. Raises the question as to why this word has passed into general usage and is prevalent in management and business and discusses possible reasons. It is hypothesized that this phenomenon could be viewed primarily as a linguistic development, or alternatively as indicative of a move towards spiritual values lacking in modern organizations.



Mary Wilson, E. (1997), "Mantra and meanings", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 12 No. 8, pp. 520-528.




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