Sensemaking and spirituality: The process of re-centring self-decentralisation at work

Vu, Mai Chi (2021) Sensemaking and spirituality: The process of re-centring self-decentralisation at work. The International Journal of Human Resource Management. ISSN 0958-5192 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/09585192.2021.1991977

Abstract

This study explores sensemaking as grounded in identity construction in the context of workplace spirituality to uncover how individuals make sense of the process of self-decentralisation. The paper adopts the Buddhist notion of non-self as an analytical tool to explore how Buddhist practitioners in organisational contexts ‘empty out’ and de-centre the self in constructing and negotiating self-identity in the workplace. Through 104 interviews with both executives and employees who are Buddhist practitioners, the study reveals a phenomenon of re-centring self-decentralisation emerging in the pursuit of self-decentralisation. The findings contribute to a deeper understanding of how individuals make sense of work in the context of a spiritual practice and highlight practical implications for HRM practices to manage dynamic interpretations and enactments of spiritual practices in organisations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Non-self, sensemaking, workplace spirituality, engaged Buddhism, empty speech, full speech
Subjects: N600 Human Resource Management
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2021 09:57
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 12:26
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/47458

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