The Potential of Spirituality for the Treatment of Organizational Trauma

The Potential of Spirituality for the Treatment of Organizational Trauma

Dušan Kučera (University of Economics, Czech Republic)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-2021-4.ch013
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Abstract

The spiritual approach in dealing with organizational trauma is still relatively uncommon in business management literature. This chapter attempts to show the complexity of the problem through getting over the traditional framework of managerial psychology as defined by modern Western thought. Inspired by the holistic concept of man, the author transcends the usual managerial horizon and introduces a new perspective, which touches on the problem of the meaning of work within the context of the purpose of human life. The description of traumatic experiences in an organization is connected with feelings of guilt, the crisis of the concept of justice, the problem of forgiveness, and finding the inner energy to overcome the trauma and huge disappointment. Organizational trauma may develop into a personal and organizational crisis. This chapter tackles the potential of spirituality (human faith and hope) that gives a new meaning to life and work. Spirituality is connected with some religious systems. It can be instrumental in finding an appropriate treatment.
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A Basis For Dealing With Organizational Trauma

Organizational trauma poses a challenge for managers and their team members, who have to cope with the complexity of its symptoms. This chapter focuses on organizational trauma and will not touch on the other specific types of trauma, e.g. trauma in a clinic environment, HIV trauma, family crises, post war symptoms (Vietnam, Persian Gulf) or the situation in New York after 9/11, which have been very well documented and systematically researched even from the perspective of spirituality and pastoral psychology (Swain, 2011).

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