Conversations about Calling explores management perspectives of the calling construct. Using Max Weber's seminal work, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as a starting point, Myers seeks to enrich management perspectives of calling by integrating the contributions of other disciplines to the literature on calling.
While the word 'calling' is casually used as shorthand for 'my ideal job', the calling concept has provoked deeper and varied interest among the secular and spiritual circles of both scholars and practitioners. Structured around the idea of four conversations, the book aims to promote a holistic examination of calling. Each conversation has a different focus, elucidating important dimensions of calling, and together they provide a truly comprehensive view. Part I of the book examines existing conversations in management, while part II explores calling across disciplines and eras, from the 1500s to the present. Finally, part III unifies all conversations in a comprehensive theory, then discusses its application and implications for practitioners and organizations.
With a strong theoretical grounding, the book also incorporates practical applications supported by case studies. Anyone interested in ethics or management and spirituality will benefit from reading this book.
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Valerie L. Myers, PhD, is a faculty member at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business at Ann Arbor, USA.
Contents: Preface 1. Conversations about Calling I. Management Conversations About Calling, 1980-2012 2. Secular-Individualistic Calling 3. Transcendent Calling 4. Sacred Calling 5. Calling in the Iron Cage II. Other Conversations About Calling 6. Practitioner Perspectives (1980-2012): The Essence of Calling 7. Case Example: Unthinkable 8. Practitioner Perspectives (1980-2012): Calling in Business 9. Ideologies & Industrialism (16th to 21st Centuries) III. Connecting Conversations in Theory and Practice 10. A Cross-cultural Theory of Calling 11. Case Study: Not Your Average Working Joe 12. Cultivating Calling in Emerging and Established Adults