Workplace spirituality and ethical decision making: A case study of federal government executive women

by Francis, Jean, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 145 pages; 3513682


Discussions regarding workplace spirituality and ethical decision making have been on the rise in private and federal sectors of business. Additionally, workplace spirituality is becoming an integral component in the lives of individuals at all levels of an organization. Workplace spirituality's operational use, control, and guidance in ethical decision-making processes, however, are unclear. Further, although women have made considerable strides in filling top leadership positions in organizations, increased attention has been given to their unethical decision-making practices. Consequently, a rise in unethical dilemmas has affected both organizational and operational levels in the last several years. This prevalent problem is of concern because most women leaders have an active religious background, and this professional misconduct does not give credence to or reflect an individual with spiritual values and principles. These actions include claims relating to substantial modification in employment status, such as hiring, firing, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, failing to promote, and hostile work environment emerging as a variation of disparate treatment. Hence, this case study was prepared to understand the effectiveness of workplace spirituality in ethical decision making, and investigated and presented the ethical decision-making techniques of federal government executive women in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. Individual interviews and observation of federal government executive women were the only data collection methodologies used. Data analysis consisted of identifying common themes in the participants' individual experiences of workplace spirituality and ethical decision making. The data were characterized on four categories: strategies, benefits, risks, and implementation of workplace spirituality in ethical decision making. Information was coded and common themes of workplace spirituality, ethical decision making, strategies, benefits, risks, and implementation were extracted adequately to answer the research questions.

AdvisersGarvey House; Rubye Braye
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsEthics; Women's studies; Management; Public administration; Spirituality
Publication Number3513682

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