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Developing consciousness in organizations: The transcendental meditation program in business

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This paper reviews retrospective, prospective, and case research on workplace applications of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation technique for developing consciousness and human potential. The distinctive psychophysiological state of restful alertness produced by the Transcendental Meditation technique appears to improve employee health, well-being, job satisfaction, efficiency and productivity, in turn influencing organizational climate, absenteeism, and financial performance.

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Correspondence to Jane Schmidt-Wilk.

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This research has been supported by a grant from the Schweisfurth Foundation of Munich, Germany. The authors also wish to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their comments and Sheila Swanson for editorial assistance.

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Schmidt-Wilk, J., Alexander, C.N. & Swanson, G.C. Developing consciousness in organizations: The transcendental meditation program in business. J Bus Psychol 10, 429–444 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02251779

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Keywords

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Issue
  • Financial Performance
  • Organizational Climate
  • Employee Health