Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fielding student Dorianne Cotter-Lockard presents at the 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting

2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
West Meets East: Enlightening, Balancing, Transcending

The Corporate Mystic: Integrating Eastern and Western Spiritual Practices into Organizational Life

Corporate mystic at work

Presenter: Gerald Biberman; University of Scranton;
Presenter: Lynne Sedgmore; 157 Group of FE Colleges UK;
Presenter: Judith A. Neal; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville;
Presenter: Dorianne Cotter-Lockard; Fielding Graduate University;

While past research has focused on the characteristics and behaviors of “spiritual leaders” and of “spiritual organizations”, to date little has been researched regarding the influence and impact of mystical spiritual practices and mystical experiences on leaders, particularly in a work setting. In the proposed panel symposium, four “corporate mystics” will describe the spiritual practices which they follow and how these spiritual practices influence their organizational work. Their practices originate in both eastern and western spiritual traditions. They will then dialog with each other to compare and contrast their personal experiences and their observations of how their experiences have impacted the organizations with and within which they have worked.

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