Spiritual practice and management education pedagogy: exploring the philosophical foundations of three spiritual traditions

Nicholas Burton*, Tom Culham, Mai Vu

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Abstract

Can the philosophical foundations of spiritual practices inform management education pedagogy and in the long-run support emotional development and more ethical and responsible business practice? In this article, we introduce the essential aspects of three different spiritual traditions—Daoist inner work, Buddhist mindful reflexivity, and Quaker discernment—and lay out some foundations between these essential aspects and management education pedagogy. We offer examples of utilizing these concepts in teaching business ethics in order to offer a foundational discussion for future elaboration. Our experiences also illuminate that instructor preparation is a key ingredient if the kinds of teaching we advance are to gain traction and contribute to the repeated calls for pedagogical innovations that challenge dominant paradigms. We offer some concluding remarks, pathways for future research and indicate a list of resources that can support potential instructors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)206-242
Number of pages37
JournalJournal of Management Education
Volume45
Issue number2
Early online date25 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

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