Mindful reflexivity: Unpacking the process of transformative learning in mindfulness and discernment

Vu, Mai Chi and Burton, Nicholas (2020) Mindful reflexivity: Unpacking the process of transformative learning in mindfulness and discernment. Management Learning, 51 (2). pp. 207-226. ISSN 1350-5076

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Abstract

Can spiritual practice encourage transformative learning? In this article, we unpack how spiritual practices from the Buddhist tradition—mindfulness—and the Quaker tradition—discernment—encourage the attainment of moral reflexivity and the capacity to transform self in individual and relational organizational contexts, respectively. We also show how moral reflexivity and self-transformation are mutually reinforcing and promote a transformational cycle of management learning. We propose that “mindful reflexivity”, a foundational model of spiritually informed moral reflexivity, can contribute to new ways of management learning through its context sensitivity and ethical orientation to foster the kinds of reflexivity needed for responsible management. Our article concludes with implications for management learning theory and practice, and we offer pathways for future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: discernment, mindfulness, reflexivity, self-transformation
Subjects: N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2020 16:15
Last Modified: 15 May 2020 08:30
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41816

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