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Is there corporate mindfulness? An exploratory study of Buddhist-enacted spiritual leaders’ perspectives and practices.

Vu, Mai Chi and Gill, Roger (2018) 'Is there corporate mindfulness? An exploratory study of Buddhist-enacted spiritual leaders’ perspectives and practices.', Journal of management, spirituality and religion., 15 (2). pp. 155-177.

Abstract

The majority of research on mindfulness reflects a secular viewpoint to the detriment of contextualized mindfulness approaches. We contribute to the literature on organizational mindfulness by arguing that mindfulness is a wisdom-based practice that has been exploited as an instrument for stress reduction or moment awareness techniques. We carried out in-depth interviews in Vietnam with 24 organizational leaders who are Buddhist practitioners, using thematic analysis to elucidate our argument. Our findings reveal that the practice of mindfulness is more effectively a personal and contextual choice rather than a universal “band aid,” thus departing from secular interpretations and applications. This choice is based on understanding Buddhist teachings and principles and the combination of the Buddhist qualities of wisdom, compassion, and non-attachment. We argue that this more effectively can enable and contribute to a wise, dynamic, and flexible approach to corporate mindfulness.

Item Type:Article
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/14766086.2017.1410491
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion on 14 Dec 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14766086.2017.1410491.
Date accepted:22 November 2017
Date deposited:08 March 2018
Date of first online publication:14 December 2017
Date first made open access:14 June 2019

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