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Organizational enhancement through recognition of individual spirituality: Reflections of Jaques and Jung

Sandra King (California State Polytechnic Institute, Pomona, California, USA, and)
Dave M. Nicol (Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland, USA)

Journal of Organizational Change Management

ISSN: 0953-4814

Article publication date: 1 June 1999

Abstract

In today’s world of heightened change, many individuals are suffering from a perceived loss of meaning and purpose in their lives, engendering a sense of spiritual desolation and impelling a spiritual quest. The work environment, so central to their existence, often contributes to the sense of desperation and thwarts individual growth. However, if management recognizes the potential for mutual benefit in the nexus of the individual’s spiritual odyssey and the structure of the organization, the organization’s contribution can be truly positive. The paper proposes an integration of the theoretical frameworks of Carl Jung and Elliot Jaques as a source of managerial insight into the process of individual spiritual growth within the context of the organization. With such perspective, management not only enhances its prospect for precluding the dysfunctional behavior of the spiritually bankrupt, but also enhances the organization’s capacity to foster heightened initiative and productivity from its members.

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King, S. and Nicol, D.M. (1999), "Organizational enhancement through recognition of individual spirituality: Reflections of Jaques and Jung", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 234-243. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534819910274026

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