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ERIC Number: EJ797879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
ISSN: ISSN-1052-5629
Furthering Management and Spirituality Education through the Use of Paradox
Lips-Wiersma, Marjolein
Journal of Management Education, v28 n1 p119-133 2004
At present it is implicitly or explicitly recognized that various paradoxes surface in the application of spirituality in the management field. In this article, instead of acknowledging this and moving on to provide clarity, I articulate and stay with the paradoxes inherent in the area of study. Management education that engages with contradictions, shadow sides, and tensions is important as it assists students to understand the complex nature of spirituality itself, and the ambiguous work environment in which it is enacted. It is also consistent with the early developmental stage of this new field of scholarship. This article addresses the paradoxes of appropriate ends and means, of authenticity, of unity, and of definition. Three interrelated means of engaging with paradox are suggested as pedagogical tools to enhance self-awareness as well as theoretical understanding in relation to management and spirituality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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