Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 129, Issue 4, pp 811–822 | Cite as

Discourses of Collective Spirituality and Turkish Islamic Ethics: An Inquiry into Transcendence, Connectedness, and Virtuousness in Anatolian Tigers

  • Fahri KarakasEmail author
  • Emine Sarigollu
  • Mustafa Kavas


Based on case studies and qualitative interviews conducted with 40 stakeholders in five SMEs, or so called Anatolian tigers, in Turkey, this article has explored what collective spirituality and Turkish Islamic business ethics entail and how they shape organizational values using diverse stakeholder perspectives. The study has revealed six emergent discourses around collective spirituality and Islamic business ethics: Flying with both wings; striving to transcend egos; being devoted to each other; treating people as whole persons; upholding an ethics of compassion; and leaving a legacy for future generations. These discourses are organized around three themes of collective spirituality, respectively: Transcendence, connectedness, and virtuousness.


Spirituality at work Islam Turkey Anatolian tigers Ethical discourses 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Norwich Business SchoolUEANorwichEngland
  2. 2.McGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  3. 3.School of BusinessQueen UniveristyKingstonCanada

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