Spirituality in a healthcare organization: An exploratory qualitative inquiry

by Rostami Aftahi, Shohreh, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 122 pages; 3601892


One of the most discussed topics in today's business world is identifying a leadership model that emphasizes employee engagement, thereby implementing positive organizational change that leads to success and profitability. A prevalent challenge facing leaders lies in discovering how to co-create an effective organization that can adopt a new business model for sustainable success, thereby leading to revenue growth and productivity (Gharajedaghi, 2006; Scharmer, 2009). The focus in this study was to understand the influence of spirituality at workplace in a healthcare organization. This study offered the opportunity to add to the understanding of the factors influencing full employee engagement and commitment. The study was channeled by Scharmer's (2009) theory U, leading from the future as it emerges depicting transformational change; and systems theory by Gharajedaghi (2011) identifying the organizations as a living system and the sub systems that need to function interdependently.

The research question asked, "How may spirituality influence employees in a healthcare organization?" The study is an exploratory qualitative inquiry which allowed the examination of personal experiences of 14 employees at Optical Eye Care Clinic. Inductive analysis led to discernible themes and patterns across a data set reinforced by direct quotes. In general, the findings of this study were consistent with the literature reviewed. Results strongly indicated spirituality and altruistic values influence employees, leadership and in the way organization interacts. The data collected identified that leaders who can effectively build an environment that displays altruistic values and inclusion of workplace spirituality influence their employees. Spiritual aptitude acts as a compass through which a leader's ethics and spiritual leadership ability come alive. The results of this study provide a deeper and broader understanding of the influence of spirituality on employees.

AdviserMarilyn E. Harris
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsManagement; Spirituality
Publication Number3601892

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