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Role of Dharma (Righteousness) in Workplace Spirituality: Evidence from Hitopadesa

Journal of Organisation and Human Behaviour

Volume 7 Issue 2&3

Published: 2018
Author(s) Name: Piyush Gotise, Bal Krishna Upadhyay | Author(s) Affiliation: Research Scholar, Chakravarti Rajgopalachari Inst. of Mgt., Barkatullah Univ., Bhopal, M.P.
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Abstract

The paper proposes a framework of dharma (righteousness) to foster workplace or organisational spirituality. For instilling spirituality in employees that may translate into organisational or workplace spirituality, an ancient Indian text, that is, Hitopadesa, provides guidance in verse. The framework of dharma (righteousness) constructed, on the basis of a theoretically sampled verse of Hitopadesa, suggests four ethical values that could assist in sensing and experiencing ones spirit in a relatively clearer form. This clear perception might assist in spiritual expression through work or in a workplace. The four values are: (1) sanyam (self-control), (2) satya (truthfulness), (3) sila (character), and (4) daya (compassion). The paper explicates the proposed dharma (righteousness) framework and suggests its implications for the mutual benefits of employees as well as for organisations.

Keywords: Dharma, Righteousness, Workplace Spirituality, Self-Control, Morality, Business Ethics, Compassion, Truthfulness

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