Research: Deepening and Sharing Our Understanding of Spirituality and Work
The Centre engages academics and practitioners from a variety of sectors and organizations in fostering community-based research projects related to spirituality and work.
Within Saint Mary’s University, the Centre supports the university’s Strategic Research Plan for building clusters of research strengths. Partners and potential partners include the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, the CN Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Centre for Leadership Excellence, and the Institute for Human Values. The Centre fits strategically with these research centres whose mandates and objectives are thematically connected to the Sobey School of Business’s Better Workplaces Initiative.
Reflective Learning: Educating Managers for a Sustainable World
- David Sable
Making Sense of Workplace Spirituality: Towards A New Methodology: Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 5(2), 190-210 – Margaret McKee, J Helms Mills and Cathy Driscoll (2008)
Spirituality in the Workplace: A Wake-Up Call from the American Dream
Journal of Workplace Rights, Volume 13, Issue 1, March 2008 – Connie Bygrave and Scott MacMillan (Doctoral students)
Technical Spirituality at Work: Jacques Ellul on Workplace Spirituality (Editor’s Choice) Journal of Management Inquiry 16(4), 333-348 – Cathy Driscoll and Eldon Wiebe (2007)
Restorying a Culture of Ethical and Spiritual Values: A Role for Leader Storytelling Journal of Business Ethics 73(2): 205-217. DOI 10.1007/s10551-006-9191-5 – Cathy Driscoll and Margaret McKee (2007)
Soul Conflict in the Workplace: Exploring the Extension of Theoretical Models
Submitted to Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2006
Dr. Cathy Driscoll and Margaret McKee
Soulful Work or Soulwashing in the Workplace? The Case of Tyson Foods and ASDA Supermarkets
Submitted to Academy of Management Annual Meeting 2006, Social Issues in Management Stream
Dr. Cathy Driscoll and Dr. Emma Bell
Applying Transformative Learning to Ethics Education
Atlantic Universities Teaching Showcase Proceedings at Dalhousie University in 2004
David Sable, Dr. Linda Van Esch, and Dr. Cathy Driscoll
Transformative learning seems particularly well suited to the goals of the increasingly
important area of ethics education. The objectives of transformative learning and its possible
foundation in “ladders of influence” are presented. A number of transformative learning
techniques are described, and the authors’ experience with them in several years of teaching
courses in Religious Studies and in Management are discussed.
The complexity of ethical decision-making in communities and organizations is increasing rapidly
as a consequence of developments in technology, multi-cultural environments, and economic
globalization. Not surprisingly, there have been continued and increasingly strident calls for
greater, and more explicit, attention to ethical issues. We need to better prepare the next
generation of decision makers to make complex ethical decisions that sometimes have more to do
with choosing between a right and a right, or a wrong and a wrong, rather than a right and a
wrong. However, there is less agreement on how to proceed.
It is clear that students in all disciplines must have opportunities to develop greater sensitivity to
the consequences of their decisions and actions; to develop skills needed to analyze complex
situations which involve incomplete information, conflicting responsibilities, and multiple
viewpoints; to examine their own assumptions and values in light of new situations; to “try on”
different ethical decision-making rubrics; and to fully explore others’ values. But, what is the best
way to “teach” ethics?
On the one hand, traditional presentations of ethics in higher education are regarded by many
students and faculty as impractical or irrelevant in complex modern circumstances. At the other
extreme, some students and faculty maintain that the “rules” we have inherited are fixed and that
we need only to identify our leaders and follow their examples resolutely. To most, however,
ethics is not a static set of rules; instead, context, creativity, insight, and wisdom play key roles
in helping us make better decisions.
This paper proposes a middle way. It argues that, while we do not need to abandon our ethical
heritages, we do need to learn to approach complex issues in new ways. Paper
You Can’t Teach Spirituality in a Business School…Oh Yes You Can!
9th International Conference on Spirituality and Business
Santa Fe, New Mexico: January, 2008
Martin Rutte and David Sable
Applications of Contemplative Practice to Classroom Learning
11th Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning
Halifax, Nova Scotia: May 2007
Transformative Learning and Taiji Qigong
Canadian Asian Studies Association Conference
Montreal, Canada: November 2006
Dr. Charles Beaupre
Existentialism, Spirituality and Work: Toward a Paradigm of Authenticity
Academy of Management Conference
Atlanta, Georgia: August 2006
The Approach of Spirituality at Work Literature: A Review of the Research
Administrative Sciences Association of Canada Conference
Banff, Alberta: June 2006
Bradley S. Long and Elizabeth A. McLeod
Other ongoing research projects in progress at Saint Mary’s University include Integrating Transformative Learning into the Undergraduate Curriculum, Teaching Ethics using Spiritual Connectedness and Transformative Learning, and The Interplay between Leadership, Ethics and Spirituality in the Workplace.