Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Mindful Authoring through Invocation: Leaders’ Constitution of a Spiritual Organization

an article by Boris H. J. M. Brummans and Jennie M. Hwang (Université de Montréal, Canada) and Pauline Hope Cheong (Arizona State University, Phoenix, USA) published in Management Communication Quarterly Volume 27 Number 3 (August 2013)


This article examines how those who hold leadership positions in an internationally renowned Taiwanese Buddhist humanitarian organisation establish themselves as legitimate authors of their organisation by invoking a spiritual leader in their daily interactions and use this invocation to author their organisation with a shared sense of compassion and wisdom.

In so doing, this article extends the literature on mindful organising and offers practical insights into the cultivation of mindfulness in an organisational setting. In particular, this study underscores the importance of understanding how a spiritual organisation is communicatively constituted by voicing a revered figure into everyday situations, illustrating the profound connections between voice, invocation, and vocation.

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