Reflections on zero and zero-centered spirituality in organizations.
Competitiveness Review: An International Business Journal incorporating Journal of Global Competitiveness, 18(4),
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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.
||2008 merald Publishing Group
||complexity theory; organizational development; philosophy
||Open University Business School
||09 Sep 2010 13:24
||31 Jul 2012 19:41
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