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

Mai Vu*

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1411-1441
Number of pages31
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number7
Early online date21 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Apr 2023


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