The light and the dark of mindful social capital: right mindfulness and social capital development

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Abstract

Despite the literatures on spirituality and social capital development remaining largely disconnected, we address how right mindfulness encourages organizational‐level social capital. We connect the philosophical foundations of ‘right mindfulness’ to bonding and bridging social capital, and the structural, relational and cognitive dimensions of social capital. We conclude that a skilful approach to right mindfulness, coupled with organizational learning heuristics, has much to offer the conversation on social capital development, and yet its potential has not been fully recognized. Despite this promise, we draw attention to a ‘dark side’ to the co‐optation by organizations of mindfulness practices and draw some further boundary conditions. We argue that a secular interpretation of right mindfulness limits its potential in organizational contexts. We conclude with managerial implications and pathways for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-150
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Management Review
Volume18
Issue number1
Early online date26 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2021

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