The Psychology of Work and Spirituality

By: Lloyd Sandelands


Sandelands, L.E., (2015). “The psychology of work and spirituality.” In Alejo Jose G. Sison (ed.), Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management. New York: Springer.

Abstract:

Work and spirit are not separate as we think of them, but are one together, of a piece. This chapter briefly reviews the largely separate research literatures on the psychology of work and the spirituality of work to note that the latter raises a doubt about scientific naturalism of the former. The chapter seeks a bridge between the two literatures by showing how the most prominent scientific theory of work – the Job Characteristics Model – opens upon the human spirit. The chapter concludes that the psychology of work and the spirituality of work must unite on metaphysical grounds other than those of natural science.