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Spirituality in public service

Willa Bruce (Doctorate in Public Administration Program University of Illinois at Springfield PAC 326 - Post Office Box 19243 Springfield, Illinois 62794-9243)

International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior

ISSN: 1093-4537

Article publication date: 1 March 2000



This paper argues that the deep moral values inherent in the world’s religious and spiritual traditions are both appropriate and needed in the public sector work place. It provides definitions of religion and or spirituality then discusses the influence of positivist law and practices prevalent there. This paper raises the following questions: What is spirituality? How does it differ from religion? Is spirituality now present in the public sector work place? Is it possible? Is it desirable? Is it relevant? What might be the implications of a work place where spirituality flourishes and is affirmed?


Bruce, W. (2000), "Spirituality in public service", International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 3 No. 3/4, pp. 599-632.



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