Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 92, Issue 2, pp 211–225 | Cite as

Toward Greater Consciousness in the 21st Century Workplace: How Buddhist Practices Fit In

  • Joan MarquesEmail author


The purpose of this study was to determine the applicability of Buddhist practices in today’s workplaces. The findings were supported by interviews with Buddhist masters and Buddhist business practitioners, as well as literature review, through phenomenological analysis. As a means of presenting the main reasons why Buddhist practices should be considered in contemporary workplaces, a SWOT analysis is presented. In this analysis, a number of strengths for using Buddhist practices in workplaces are listed such as pro-scientific, greater personal responsibility, and healthy detachment, while potential weaknesses such as non-harming, equanimity, and no competition are also reviewed. Both the strengths and the weaknesses could be listed in reverse if applied to a different extent. Among the opportunities were issues such as re-educating the world of business, enhancing personal ownership and a healthier society, while the threats comprised issues such as creating different imbalances, disinterest, and stationary development.


consciousness Buddhism spirituality workplace SWOT analysis Buddhist practices 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Woodbury UniversityBurbankU.S.A.

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