Posted by Anthony C. Behan III,
on 2 July 2021
In the first sentence of his dedication, Anthony Behan uses the word "journey" and that is exactly the invitation offered to each reader. The author presents a series of paradigm shifts during the last century that have given shape to our contemporary workplace, and he clearly maps out the corresponding research questions that arise from these changes in society. The purpose of this dissertation "is 'to contribute to fundamental knowledge and theory' of workplace spirituality as it relates to Lasallian pedagogy and spirituality" . The first chapter maps out the direction of the journey for the Lasallian educator with a clear set of definitions to guide the person through various stages.
Plunged into the interaction of "meaningfulness, belonging and person-organization fit" , Behan offers a solid overview of "spirituality" while the review of literature gives an overview of "workplace spirituality" in terms of the individual, the group, and the organization. This chapter in and of itself is an excellent springboard for discussions among all three levels on how they define mission. Any stakeholder interested in "preserving,
retaining and continuing" mission will do well to consider the author's keen understanding of the three above-mentioned interactions. After defining meaningfulness "-of work, -in work and -at work" , Behan constructs a parallel argument for belonging and an abridged reference to person-organization fit.