Reflections on zero and zero-centered spirituality in organizations

Karakas, Fahri (2008) Reflections on zero and zero-centered spirituality in organizations. Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal incorporating Journal of Global Competitiveness, 18 (4). pp. 367-377.

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to invite managers and practitioners to reflect on the meaning and implications of the concept of zero for individual and organizational spiritual growth. Design/methodology/approach – Building on spirituality and complexity literatures, this paper stimulates non-traditional thinking in organizational change and leadership. The paper uses the concept of zero as a creative metaphor for organizational development. Findings – The paper introduces a systemic, unified, multidimensional, holistic, complex, chaotic and dynamic paradigm for organizations based on spirituality: paradigm zero. Zero represents paradox, transcendence, interconnectedness, balance, modesty, creativity, inspiration, and the essence and mystery of human existence. Practical implications – This paper invites managers to consider a futurist perspective called zero-centered thinking that enables creativity and reflection in the middle of complexity. Originality/value – This paper builds on cutting edge spirituality and complexity concepts to enable new thinking for twenty-first century managers and professionals. Zero philosophy provides organizations a new trans-disciplinary paradigm based on spirituality, complexity, chaos, systems sciences, quantum physics, emergence, and Sufism.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Employment Systems and Institutions
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Business Strategy (former - to 2019)
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Marketing
Depositing User: Elle Green
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 10:12
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 00:56
DOI: 10.1108/10595420810920833

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