Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The healing potential of organizations: A heuristic exploration of self-actualization and the integration of spiritual principles into business
by Evans, Mara L., M.T.P., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2008, 188; 1453080
Abstract (Summary)

Through this study, the nature and dynamics of personal and organizational development were explored within the context of the unfolding movement to integrate spiritual principles into business. This exploration culminated in an in-depth case study of one organization. The works of Abraham Maslow and Richard Barrett strongly influenced this study, providing the theoretical framework for the discussions on self-actualization and levels of organizational consciousness. This mixed-methods study incorporated the transpersonal research method of intuitive inquiry as the primary means of qualitative data collection, analysis and synthesis. Intuitive inquiry was also used for integrating the personal with the interpersonal and transpersonal conclusions. At its core, this study was a search for personal healing and meaning and its reflection in the business organization. The study revealed that the case study organization primarily operated out of relatively higher levels of consciousness. This case study offered an example of how the natural inner impulses toward self-actualization and spiritual interconnectedness can be the internal driving factors for integrating spiritual principles into business.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Blackstone, Judith
Commitee: Frantz, David W., Rossie, Karen
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Global Master of Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 46/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Developmental psychology, Psychology
Keywords: Authenticity, Intuitive inquiry, Organizational development, Self-actualization, Spirituality, Workplace
Publication Number: 1453080
ISBN: 9780549541219
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