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Analysing the career concerns of spiritually oriented people: lessons for contemporary organizations

Marjolein Lips‐Wiersma (Department of Management, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand)

Career Development International

ISSN: 1362-0436

Article publication date: 1 December 2002

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to contribute to our understanding of the meaning of work. The study is concerned with eliciting work meanings of spiritually oriented individuals with a view of establishing whether there is a common agenda identifiable and whether spirituality influences work behavior. It was found that in spite of their diversity, all research participants desired to express spiritual life purposes of “developing and becoming self”, “unity with others”, “expressing self” and “serving others” in the workplace. A second finding is that they seek to balance these over time. Furthermore it was found that spirituality clearly influences work behavior as research participants make career transitions if they cannot express their spirituality. Lessons are explored for contemporary organizations interested in retaining spiritually oriented employees.

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Lips‐Wiersma, M. (2002), "Analysing the career concerns of spiritually oriented people: lessons for contemporary organizations", Career Development International, Vol. 7 No. 7, pp. 385-397. https://doi.org/10.1108/13620430210449911

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