In search of spirit, passion, and change: transformative moments in organizational life

Eleni Tzouramani, Fahri Karakas

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In this paper, we introduce the concept of transformative moments in organizational life using qualitative inquiry. Given the increasing salience of spirituality for individuals’ agency and self-making, we situate this study within the ‘postsecular turn’ (Braidotti, 2008) in social studies where peaceful dialogue and tolerant coexistence between the spheres of faith and reason (i.e. spiritual/religious and secular perspectives) are sought with the implication that the two theoretically share equal importance. We define ‘transformative moments’ as significant turning points and spiritual experiences that individuals go through in organizations and to which they ascribe deeper meaning in the context of their lives. Drawing on a life story research exploring transformative experiences of 25 people who consider themselves spiritual, this paper explores how research participants shape and ascribe meaning to these moments.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 26 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Academy of Management 2019 Conference: Exploring the Future of Management; Facts, Fashion and Fado - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jun 201928 Jun 2019


ConferenceEuropean Academy of Management 2019 Conference
Abbreviated titleEURAM 2019
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