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Religion and the workplace : pluralism, spirituality, leadership
Hicks, Douglas A.
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2003]

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vii, 222 pages ; 23 cm

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BL65.W67 H53 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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How can company leaders and employees negotiate their different religious and spiritual commitments in the workplace? At a time of international debate over religious conflict and tolerance, workforces in various parts of the world are more diverse than ever before. Religion and spirituality are, for many employees, central to their identities. From the perspective of the employer, however, they can be distracting or divisive influences. This book analyzes the current interest in religion and spirituality in US companies. It offers conceptual distinctions and comparative examples (from the pluralistic contexts of India and Singapore) to trace the myriad ways that religion is present at work. It offers a model of respectful pluralism, asserting that the task of effective and ethical leadership in organizations is not to promote a single spiritual or religious framework but to create an environment in which managers and employees can respectfully express their own beliefs and practices.

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In this wide-ranging synthesis of philosophy, sociology, leadership studies and applied ethics, Hicks (Univ. of Richmond) presents a framework he calls "respectful pluralism," which allows companies and employees to generate and inhabit a workplace characterized by a culture of mutual respect for the diversity of employees' religious preferences. This book is exceptional for the way it takes seriously the religious sentiments of people, understanding that they inform all of life, including professional life. Hicks's creative proposals for employers are complemented by practical legal considerations and considerations of international contexts of work and religion, using India and Singapore as case studies. Though at times unduly repetitive, this is an original reflection on an aspect of business ethics that is rapidly growing in its prevalence and importance, as the world becomes both smaller and more religious. Collections supporting comprehensive graduate programs in philosophy, religious studies, and business administration will find this volume especially useful. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates and above. B. Stetson Azusa Pacific University

Table of Contents

Part I Analyzing Current Realities
1 The changing American context
2 The corporate interest in spirituality
3 Which spirituality in the workplace?
4 Conflicts at work: is religion distinctive?
Part II Mapping Religion and the Workplace
5 Being religious differently
6 Religions of the workplace
7 Comparative contexts: India and Singapore
Part III Constructing Respectful Pluralism
8 Respectful pluralism at work
9 Leadership for a pluralistic workplace