Management with spirituality at the root is required
for better decision making and good results. Short
term and narrow objectives often lead to decision
making which proves highly detrimental for the stakeholders
in the long run although at the time of decision making
they seem most beneficial. Spirituality provides a
broader and holistic dimension in Management from
the perspective of setting of the objectives and following
the means to achieve those objectives.
The problem is that the knowledge of spirituality
is highly skewed in present times and is considered
as something which has no role in management. This
misconception has to be given more clarity so that
real meaning of spirituality could be understood.
This clarity could bring in realization that in no
way spirituality is detrimental to management in today’s
highly competitive environment rather it has deep
rooted role to play for better decision making.
In spite of plenty of research in the field of business
ethics and its role in society, we have seen businesses
failing miserably and a crisis of trust among stakeholders
on business. Researches based on empirical studies
have not yet been able to control the uncertainty
that exists in businesses today.
At this critical juncture when business field is
facing turbulent environment and there is growing
mistrust among common man towards management practices,
spirituality is suddenly emerging as a viable alternative
route towards achieving sustainability bringing in
the much needed paradigm shift in modern management.
The lack of awareness of the spiritual dimensions
in management has already done lot of damage to the
present world society as has been visible the way
society has shaped in last few decades in not only
business but also in politics, bureaucracy, and inter-personal
relationships. To make this world better management
principles and practices must embrace spirituality.
This book is a small attempt to explain spirituality
in a simple way and highlighting its role in management
so that the field of management gets more enriched
for the betterment of practices. This book tries to
highlight the fact that spirituality is not detrimental
to management in any way rather it is highly beneficial
in demonstrating responsible and effective management.
Editor of Book: Sandeep Singh, Associate
Professor, SMS Varanasi