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The Research Agenda of Spiritual Leadership. Where Do We Stand?


  • Mariana NICOLAE

    () (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Irina ION

    (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Elena NICOLAE

    (The Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)


This article aims at exploring the current spiritual leadership research agenda in order to assess its progress, limitations and practical implications for contemporary organizations and to reveal possible future lines of scientific enquiry. This exploration is relevant as the development of the spiritual leadership research agenda shows the strong potential of the topic to become mainstream in the management paradigm of the twenty-first century. However, despite, the growing interest in the theme, the field of study is still characterized by a fragile position in organizational behaviour, low paradigmatic development, inadequate measurement scales and incipient empirical research. In this article, we also aim at understanding the major challenges that derive from the rising importance of spirituality, values and morale in the field of organizational behaviour, together with possible future lines of enquiry.

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  • Mariana NICOLAE & Irina ION & Elena NICOLAE, 2013. "The Research Agenda of Spiritual Leadership. Where Do We Stand?," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 14(4), pages 551-566, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:14:y:2013:i:4:p:551-566

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    1. Sen Sendjaya & James C. Sarros & Joseph C. Santora, 2008. "Defining and Measuring Servant Leadership Behaviour in Organizations," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(2), pages 402-424, March.
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    spiritual leadership; spirituality; organizational behavior; leadership theories.;

    JEL classification:

    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • M14 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Corporate Culture; Diversity; Social Responsibility


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