Genesis and Growth of Workplace Spirituality

  • Folasade Olufemi-Ayoola
  • Kemi Ogunyemi
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Within the last two decades, organizational scholars and practitioners have paid increasing attention to the concept of workplace spirituality, which draws on the notion that people seek to find a sense of meaning and fulfillment in their performance of work. However, its emergence as a field of interest might also suggest a contemporary approach to an age-old quest of connecting work to a higher purpose, reflecting a trend dating back to antiquity. As a result, this chapter places the development of workplace spirituality within a historical context, tracing the antecedents of the recent emergence of workplace spirituality as a field of interest. The chapter also highlights current conceptualizations and key empirical findings in the field and concludes with a discussion of possible directions for future research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Organizational Behaviour and Human ResourcesLagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic UniversityLagosNigeria
  2. 2.Business Ethics, Managerial Anthropology, and Sustainability ManagementLagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic UniversityLagosNigeria

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