Journal of Business Ethics

, Volume 84, Supplement 2, pp 265–278 | Cite as

Spiritual Leadership as a Paradigm for Organizational Transformation and Recovery from Extended Work Hours Cultures

  • Louis W. Fry
  • Melanie P. Cohen


Various explanations are offered to explain why employees increasingly work longer hours: the combined effects of technology and globalization; people are caught up in consumerism; and the “ideal worker norm,” when professionals expect themselves and others to work longer hours. In this article, we propose that the processes of employer recruitment and selection, employee self-selection, cultural socialization, and reward systems help create extended work hours cultures (EWHC) that reinforce these trends. Moreover, we argue that EWHC organizations are becoming more prevalent and that organizations in which long hours have become the norm may recruit for and reinforce workaholic tendencies. Next, we offer spiritual leadership as a paradigm for organizational transformation and recovery from the negative aspects of EWHC to enhance employee well-being and corporate social responsibility without sacrificing profitability, revenue growth, and other indicators of financial performance. Finally, we will offer suggestions for future theory, research, and practice.


spiritual leadership workaholism organizational transformation organizational culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Tarleton State University – Central TexasKilleenU.S.A.
  2. 2.U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentWashingtonU.S.A.

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