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Spirituality and social responsibility performance: The perspectives of religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals

Katelin Barron (College of Business and Engineering, The University of Texas of The Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, USA)
Shih Yung Chou (College of Business and Engineering, The University of Texas of The Permian Basin, Odessa, Texas, USA)

Journal of Global Responsibility

ISSN: 2041-2568

Article publication date: 8 May 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to discuss how religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals may view the three core workplace spiritual values: transcendence, existence of a higher power and interconnectedness. Additionally, this paper studies how the contrasts between the views of religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals about the three core spiritual values affect their performance of social responsibility initiatives.

Design/methodology/approach

A conceptual analysis was used.

Findings

This paper suggests that religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals view the three core spiritual values differently. Drawing upon the three core spiritual values viewed by religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals, this paper proposes the following. First, religiously affiliated individuals will focus on implementing social responsibility initiatives for a longer time orientation compared to non-religiously affiliated individuals. Second, when engaging in social responsibility, religiously affiliated individuals will focus on implementing a smaller scope of social responsibility initiatives than non-religiously affiliated individuals. Finally, religiously affiliated individuals will focus on implementing a larger scale of social responsibility initiatives than non-religiously affiliated individuals.

Originality/value

This paper is one of the very first studies addressing how religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals view core values of spirituality. Additionally, this paper advances the literature by contrasting how religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals engage in socially responsible initiatives in accordance with how they view spirituality.

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Citation

Barron, K. and Chou, S.Y. (2017), "Spirituality and social responsibility performance: The perspectives of religiously and non-religiously affiliated individuals", Journal of Global Responsibility, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 63-82. https://doi.org/10.1108/JGR-07-2016-0020

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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