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Phenomenological case study of spiritual connectedness in the academic workplace

Wan Nasir, Zaireena (2019) Phenomenological case study of spiritual connectedness in the academic workplace. International Journal of Academic Research in Business and Social Sciences, 9 (9). pp. 1156-1165. ISSN 2222-6990

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The field of workplace spirituality is plagued by problems of definition due to the ambiguity of the term “spirituality” from the Western perspective. As workplace spirituality is by nature an ephemeral phenomenon approachable from multiple perspectives, this study approaches this topic from the Islamic perspective. The inductive research method chosen is a combination of phenomenology and qualitative case study. Phenomenology is chosen as it describes the meaning for individuals of their lived experiences of a phenomenon. The International Islamic University of Malaysia is chosen as the case study due to its prominence as a premier global Islamic university. In-depth interviews with academics, both local and international, of the International Islamic University of Malaysia are the primary method of data collection. Thirteen academics, six males and seven females, from this university have been interviewed for this purpose. Findings suggest that spiritual connectedness is about the relationship with Allah and the relationship with human beings (habluminallah wa habluminannas), God consciousness (taqwa), sense of belonging, doing for the sake of Allah, brotherhood (ukhuwwah), inviting towards what is good and forbidding from wrong (amar ma’ruf nahi mungkar) and ihsan. The implication of these findings highlights the understanding of Muslim academics of what being spiritually connected mean to them personally. The contribution of this study is to enrich the literature on workplace spirituality by exploring the Islamic perspective of spiritual connectedness and to understand first-hand how being spiritually connected is defined by Muslim academics.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 3656/76289
Uncontrolled Keywords: Spiritual Connectedness, Workplace Spirituality, Islamic Perspective, Academic Workplace, Organizational Behavior
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H62 Study and teaching. Research
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences
Kulliyyah of Economics and Management Sciences > Department of Business Administration
Depositing User: Dr Zaireena Wan Nasir
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2019 15:15
Last Modified: 09 Jan 2020 03:15
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/76289

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