Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 377–389 | Cite as

Workplace Spirituality and Business Ethics: Insights from an Eastern Spiritual Tradition

  • Patricia Doyle Corner


The author extends theory on the relationship between workplace spirituality and business ethics by integrating the “yamas” from yoga, a venerable Eastern spiritual tradition, with existing literature. The yamas are five practices for harmonizing and deepening social connections that can be applied in the workplace. A theoretical framework is developed and two sets of propositions are forwarded. One set emanates from the yamas and another one conjectures relationships between spirituality and business ethics surfaced by the application of these spiritual practices from yoga.


business ethics workplace spirituality yoga experiential theory building 


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The author thanks Greg Prussia and Swami Kailash Saraswati for their valuable feedback on a previous version of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Management, Faculty of BusinessAuckland University of TechnologyAucklandNew Zealand

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