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Spiritual Well-Being of Business School Faculty

  • Dunia A. HarajliEmail author
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Abstract

The aim of this chapter is to examine the spiritual well-being of Business school faculty (within a university) and how workplace spirituality enhances such well-being. Exploring workplace spirituality (WPS), this chapter adopts a philosophical interdisciplinary approach that borrows from the works of prominent thinkers and philosophers. Using grounded theory, 25 business professors are interviewed in two Lebanese universities while assessing the level of spiritual/religious well-being and the connection with personal values, work performance, identification with the mission, and community life. This chapter reveals that religious universities are for workplace spirituality a natural habitat. Faculty members living out their beliefs at work feel more influential and satisfied. On the other hand, when a university shies away from a spiritual/religious mission and does not live the supreme mission of education, faculty members are more likely to feel depressed and unfulfilled. This chapter has practical implications to both universities and the corporate world alike. First, it advises universities to go back to their spiritual/religious roots primarily for the sake of faculty well-being; and second, it gives valuable insights to any organization that neglects the spiritual/religious needs of its employees.

Keywords

Workplace spirituality Spirituality University mission Higher education Business school faculty Employee well-being Spiritual well-being Workplace well-being 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adnan Kassar School of BusinessLebanese American UniversityBeirutLebanon

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