In what way does Christian spirituality impact contemporary business leadership? This short article provides examples of some executives whose personal spiritual tradition deeply informs and shapes their leadership. Themes reported include a sense of leadership as a calling, the desire to integrate deeply held personal values with the leadership role, and spirituality as a source of courage when facing daunting challenges. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Presents the author's views on researcher Michael Goldberg's article on university-based researches. Opinion that Goldberg provided an eloquent discourse defending the university-based researches; Information that what distinguishes a university from training programs, journalistic summaries of contemporary thinking, or simple surveys of current practices is the unique currency of theory and research; View that good theory orders inquiry surrounding a topic and provides careful attention to contingencies; Report that quality research points out paradoxes and unintended consequences, clarifies magnitudes, helps create realistic expectations, and tests significance; View of Goldberg that there is no shortcut to the process of carefully studying complex subjects through the lenses of theory and the calibration of research results.
This research evaluated four methods of eliciting subjective likelihood ratio estimates. The methods differed in terms of amount and structure of interaction permitted between estimators. These processes were individual estimates, and three group processes: a Talk-Estimate process approximating an interacting group, an Estimate-Feedback-Estimate process as an approximation of a Delphi group, an Estimate-Talk-Estimate process as combination of nominal and interacting groups. In this study the Estimate-Talk-Estimate group process was superior in approaching correct estimates in this judgmental task. This is consistent with the long research tradition which favors group as opposed to individual problem-solving in judgmental situations. The individual Estimate process and the Estimate-Feedback-Estimate technique performed about equally well with respect to both error and variability. If anything, written feedback appeared to lead to a reduction in the quality of estimates. Finally, the relatively poor results from the Talk-Estimate process are consistent with other studies which have pointed out dysfunctions of inter- acting group processes for judgmental tasks. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Discusses the concerns on the role of women in business. Encouragement of responsibility and raising of morale in the workforce; Reflection of a whole confidence in the movement for women; Discrimination of pregnant women in the corporate world.
This paper classifies alternative mechanisms for coordinating work activities within organizations into impersonal, personal and group modes. It investigates how variations and interactions in the use of these coordination mechanisms and modes are explained by task uncertainty, interdependence and unit size. Nine hypotheses that relate these three determining factors to the use of the three coordination modes are developed in order to test some key propositions of Thompson (1967) and others on coordination at the work unit or departmental level of organization analysis. Research results from 197 work units within a large employment security agency largely support the hypotheses. The findings suggest that there are differences in degree and kind of influence of each determining factor on the mix of alternative coordination mechanisms used within organizational units. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Focuses on the views of investment officers on the effect of finance on management behavior. Predictors of financial performance; Interview with Rex J. Bates, financial vice president of State Farm Insurance Companies on the issue; Conflict between financial models and behavioral theories.
The article introduces two interviews with significant persons in the fields of higher education and health care management Interviews include one with Peter Frost, the Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professional Programs at the University of British Columbia and another interview with Frank E. Murray of the Kaiser Permanente organization.
Presents an introduction of articles on the international concept of firm management. European conceptualization of management; Perception on employee motivation; Importance of understanding other cultures for managing in a global context.
This article reflects on the self-reported experiences of senior executives who encounter “dark and destructive” personalities among professionals who “suck the life juices” from their organizational group, crippling the group in such a way that all positive spirit is lost. Shying from clinical terms outside their domain, these executives label this behavior as evil. The article undertakes a description of evil as reflected in their reports and sets forth tentative recommendations and cautions for dealing with this complex subject. It concludes that management theory by avoiding this difficult topic gives greater power to the dark side of organizational life. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Discusses the issues surrounding innovations in health care in the United States. Four innovation lessons learned from other industries; Need to stimulate shared direction through scouting and forums; Need for physicians to preserve their basic professional autonomy; Description of the three innovation phases.
This article extends the concept of corporate culture to the level of industry culture and examines regional influences on management practices in Silicon Valley and Route 128. In-depth interviews with CEOs and executives in mature electronics firms were conducted. Results from the data indicate that these high-technology cultures and related management practices differ significantly and are influenced by particular regional characteristics. Conceptual and consulting implications are discussed. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The author presents his experience to illustrate how the religious traditions of calling and spiritual friendship influenced his life as teacher or scholar. After completing his doctorate, he pondered how he might commence his career. He remember vividly praying for insight. The author was bothered about the method of utilizing his education to serve people. The author was called by a dean of the College of Business at the University of Toledo. The dean wanted to build a connection between the College of Business and the Toledo community caught in the vice of two challenges: the need to transition to contemporary manufacturing and the ethnic and racial struggles characteristic of the industrial Midwest ml 960 prior to the civil rights movement. The author accepted this call as a chance to fulfil his desire. The author established a lifelong pattern of interdisciplinary scholarship. The second religious influence central to the authors career has been spiritual friendship. He cites a short story to present this aspect of spirituality.
The article focuses on the innovation challenges faced by the executives of Silicon Valley. In excellent organizations, innovation is also revealed by Silicon Valley executives as a major element affecting profitability. For these executives, being adroit at innovation is not simply a strategic option; rather, innovation has become essential to survival as a corporate player. Unless firms learn to institutionalize the innovation process, the previously cited admonitions hardly suffice. This article suggests that innovation as practiced by top managers in Silicon Valley is a critical survival skill predicated on a developmental sequence. Executives within these companies develop norms important to each phase of the innovation process and coach those who volunteer to champion innovation through each phase. Elements of the structure and process encompassed in these phases are also described in the article. The use of phased development also allows firms to compare the pace of their innovation process relative to that of global competitors.
Focuses on the managerial practices enhancing innovation. Definition of innovation; Components of a healthy organizations; Effect of innovations on performance of employees; Information of process of innovation in organizations.
This article presents the author's views on the death of Larry L. Cummings, editor of the "Academy of Management Journal" and professor at the University of Minnesota. Larry and the author were doctoral students together at Indiana University in 1961 through 1963 sharing an office, classes, and the trials of graduate studies. Even as a doctoral student, Larry infected everyone with his special love of psychologically oriented theory and research. For the author's generation, he was the spokesman for what was then a new behavioral approach to management thought. In classes, conversations, and tutorials, Larry was always a source of information and provoked new ways of thinking. He possessed a remarkable patience when trying to unravel intellectual puzzles, a command of a vast body of literature, and was generous in bringing his insight to bear on our scholarship, however different our topics might be front his own current research agenda. Everyone in the academy know that this generous guidance to young scholars was a charisma that continued throughout Larry's entire career.
The book 'Rethinking Management Education,' edited by Robert French and Christopher Grey, proved to be a critical inquiry into the philosophical underpinnings of managerial education, which the editors see 'has for better or worse, a crucial role in producing and reproducing the practices of management' (p. 2) but which must be critically assessed against the intellectual constructs of the Roman-Greco classics, humanism, neo-Weberianism, neo-Marxism, Foucauldianism, environmentalism, psychoanalysis, and poststructuralism. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
My decision about whom to select as the Academy of Management's Executive of the Year revolved around the concept of values. I wanted to showcase a leading CEO who has been successful in creating an innovative and highly profitable company, and who has done so based on a strongly held system of personal values that permeate the organization and everyone in it. In making my selection, I enlisted the help of Professor Andre Delbecq, director of the Institute for Spirituality of Organizational Leadership at the University of Santa Clara. The executive he recommended, Hatim Tyabji, fulfills these criteria in outstanding ways. Mr. Tyabji has had a significant impact on the telecommunications industry. In 1998. he founded Saraide to drive the convergence between the Internet and wireless communications. The company delivers a wide range of wireless Internet services to customers around the world. In 1999, he negotiated the sale of 80 percent of Saraide to lnfoSpace.com, a leading Internet information and commerce infrastructure provider, creating the largest global alliance in the wireless Internet services market. As a result, customers using pagers, cell phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), or television-set-top boxes can access a wide range of wireless services, including address books and calendars, stock quotes, travel information, local business locator services, personal banking, price comparison shopping, and purchasing. By combining Infospace.com's leadership in Internet-based information services and Saraide's leadership in sophisticated wireless data services, the notion of "the web in your pocket" is rapidly becoming a compelling solution for commerce, communication, and collaboration. Hatim Tyabji was born in Bombay, India, in 1945, moved to the U.S. in 1967, and became a naturalized citizen. He holds a B.S. from the College of Engineering in Poona, India, an M.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MBA in international business from Syracuse University. From 1986 to 1998, he was the founding chairman and CEO of VeriFone, Inc., and held executive positions at Sperry from 1973 to 1986. He is a member of the board of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University. The following pages record a conversation that I asked André Delbecq to conduct at the 2000 Academy of Management meeting in Toronto, Canada. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Steingard's essay is refulgent with theoretical insight. It is, however, easy to slip by important nuances unless one is steeped in the literature and language he references. So perhaps briefly sharing a more descriptive perspective from a dialog with more than 350 managerial participants in the seminar, Spirituality of Organizational Leadership offered at Santa Clara University can be complementary (Delbecq, 2000). This article clearly shares a subjective overall perspective. In any group of managers there will be a range of responses. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
The article presents a study on the impact of executive roles on families and how top executives seek to maintain personal balance and reduce stress when occupying top management positions. A sample of 16 chief executive officers are reported in this study. There were 14 men and 2 women. All were married to college-educated spouses. All of the high-survivor executives work the typical 60-plus-hour executive week. They typically rise early, often leaving home before other members of the family rise from their beds. Many of the executives stop by at an athletic club on the way to work or jog before going to work. Lunch is almost always a working meal, and the executives leave their offices 2 or 3 hours after most employees have gone home, taking time at the end of the day to write important notes or dictate follow-up memos and letters. Weekends were considered sacred family time. The weekends tended to focus on recreational and social activities with family. Among these executives, it was dear that the spouse played the predominant role in early child rearing. It was the spouse who dealt with early parenting, early school, and early childhood burdens.
Presents an interview with Peter Frost, Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Professional Programs at the University of British Columbia, about the teaching mission in the North American business school. Frost's reflections on the teaching mission in business education.
Presents an interview with Western Academy of Management president Newton Marguiles on professional transitions. Educational and professional background; Views on the importance of education; Management of career changes.
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According to theology professor Parks, twentysomething young adults, plagued by consumerism and cynicism, need to be challenged to examine their "meaning-making"--the quest to find a center for their beliefs and a focus for their lives. Sifting through psychological theories, Parks presents the guiding principle of "faithing . . . putting one's heart upon that which one trusts is true." She argues that, as young adults move from outside authority to inner knowing, it is important to find mentors who can inspire, support, and recognize young people, helping them to find their place within themselves and society. With the emphasis on spirituality rather than traditional religion, mentors are urged to ask the "big questions": Is there a master plan? What constitutes meaningful work? Mentoring environments, such as academia, the workplace, religion, and extended families, are examined in detail. Pertinent quotes from students and philosophers sprinkled throughout add a personal touch to this mostly theoretical book aimed at teachers and counselors but of definite interest to concerned parents. --Booklist
The public as a problem / John F. Wilson -- Changing contexts of church-state relations in America, 1880-1920 / Robert T. Handy -- Beyond the pursuit of happiness : religion and public discourse in liberalism's fourth century / Robin Lovin -- Reconstituting Paideia in public education / James W. Fowler -- Theology as doxology : reflections on theological education / Henri Nouwen -- On the religious education of American rabbis / Neil Gillman -- The tragic dilemma of church education / Edward Farley -- "All the way down" : a spirituality of public life / Parker J. Palmer -- "Experiments with truth" : education for leadership / Sara Little -- Protestants, Paideia, and pioneers : Protestantism's first great cause / Glenn Miller -- Revolutions, quiet and otherwise : Protestants and higher education during the 1960s / Dorothy C. Bass -- Public happiness and higher education / William F. May -- The education of Robert Lynn / Elizabeth Lynn.
This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess "a capacity for connectedness" and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives.
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This landmark contribution to everyday spirituality draws on the wisdom and rituals of the world's great spiritual traditions to show how contemplative practice can enrich our lives. A superbly practical resource, it gathers the wisdom of the greatest spiritual teachers and experts from the major religious traditions in America today. Those contributing their expertise include Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dean Ornish, David Steindl-Rast, Ram Dass, Joseph Bruchac, Joan Halifax, Robert Thurman, Edward Espe Brown, Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man, and Sharon Salzberg. Focusing on the essentials of human life that range from daily activities (such as waking, eating, and working) to major life transitions (birth, marriage, and death), Gifts of the Spirit offers an illuminating and authoritative tour through a variety of religious customs that will inspire readers toward their unique spiritual paths.
This is a lovely, engaging, insightful conversation between two important contemporary spiritual teachers and practitioners, one (Aitken) an American-born Zen master and the other (Steindl-Rast) a Benedictine monk. The conversation is drawn from a week-long retreat that Aitkin and Steindl-Rast shared in Hawaii in 1991. They agree quickly to focus on 'everyday practice' rather than on abstract conceptions of Buddhism and Christianity. The result is not a formal contribution to the growing body of Buddhist-Christian dialogue so much as an illuminating and multifaceted exploration of common ground—the sacred heart that beats at the center of a world shared by Christians and Buddhists. This volume offers a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on a conversation between compassionate believers comfortable with their differences, fully engaged with each other, and fully engaged in the world. --Booklist
Ignatian spirituality is a dynamic and ever-evolving practice that has great relevance in the twenty-first century. In Ignatian Humanism, author Ronald Modras explains the importance of a sixteenth-century spirituality in a post-modern world and reveals the impact Renaissance humanism had on Ignatian spirituality and the Society of Jesus.
In this vividly written and meticulously researched book, Modras explores the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, his founding of the Society of Jesus, and the development of the Spiritual Exercises. He also outlines the characteristics of Renaissance humanism and its influence on Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuits. This impact is made tangible in five compelling biographies of Jesuit heroes and humanists: Matteo Ricci, Frederic Spee, Karl Rahner, Pierre Theilard de Chardin, and Pedro Arrupe.
This refurbished edition of Margaret Silf's Inner Compass marks the tenth anniversary of the acclaimed English-language primer on Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. The new edition features a new introduction and personal invitation to the reader, a greatly expanded resource section, and a new design aimed at the next generation of spiritual readers. Silf brings to the book both a laywoman's perspective and a gifted writer's literary skill. The entire work exudes a congenial, practical outlook and a thoroughly modern sensibility. As Silf says, the book "grew out of questions rather than certainty, discovery rather than doctrine, the experience of everyday living rather than academic study." All readers seeking to deepen their relationship with God will benefit from Silf's dynamic presentation of Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises.
10th anniversary edition of the classic text, updated, revised, and featuring a Mindful Living Journal. Buddha and Christ, perhaps the two most pivotal figures in the history of humankind, each left behind a legacy of teachings and practices that have shaped the lives of billions of people over two millennia. If they were to meet on the road today, what would each think of the other's spiritual views and practices? In this classic text for spiritual seekers, Thich Nhat Hanh explores the crossroads of compassion and holiness at which the two traditions meet, and he reawakens our understanding of both.
Mysticism, in the sense of a “longing for God,” has been present in all times, cultures, and religions. But Soelle believes it has never been more important than in this age of materialism and fundamentalism. The antiauthoritarian mystical element in each religion leads to a community of free spirits and resistance to the death-dealing aspects of our contemporary culture. Religion in the third millennium, Soelle argues, either will be mystical or it will be dead.
Therefore, Soelle identifies strongly with the hunger of New Age searchers but laments the “religious fast food” they devour. Today, a kind of “democratized mysticism” of those without much religious background flourishes. This mystical experience is not drawn so much of the tradition as out of contemporary experiences. In that sense, each of us is a mystic, and Soelle’s work seeks to give theological depth, clarity, and direction.
Work as a spiritual practice : a practical Buddhist approach to inner growth and satisfaction on the job by Lewis Richmond
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According to the studies Richmond cites, the average American works 150 more hours per year than she or he did 80 years ago. As the dominant force in our lives, work brings with it stress, worry and other pressures that cause us to lose focus on our inner selves and to be controlled by the external forces of the workplace. Zen monk and business entrepreneur Richmond contends that approaching work as an expression of one's spiritual life, rather than as simply a job that one must slog through, will make a difference in the quality of our lives. (When we see our work through spiritual lenses, we might even quit our jobs and find a better one, says Richmond.)