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A New Meaning-Mission Fit

Aligning Life and Work in Business


Part of the Future of Business and Finance book series (FBF)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Michelle French-Holloway
    Pages 1-12
  3. Michelle French-Holloway
    Pages 13-41
  4. Michelle French-Holloway
    Pages 43-48
  5. Michelle French-Holloway
    Pages 49-79
  6. Michelle French-Holloway
    Pages 111-118
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 119-135

About this book


This book offers a clear process for managers, professionals and future leaders to help discover their personal meaning in life and apply it to their work. The author uses research outcomes and theories to refute the contemporary philosophy that stresses on following an individual’s passion alone, when choosing a particular job or career. Instead, she recommends a personal meaning-oriented approach to life and work and then become passionate about it organically.
The book also highlights the positive outcomes to organizations and societies, when individuals engage with finding meaning in work, focusing on physical and emotional health and satisfaction. The author provides numerous examples of leaders who have aligned their personal meaning and organizational mission, also known as the “meaning-mission fit,” and the relationship of this alignment to their emotional well-being. Together, the research, theory, and evidence in this book equip leaders and managers with an inspiring model to find their own meaning-mission fit as well as create opportunities for the employees to do the same.


Personal Meaning in Work Organizational Mission Workplace Spirituality Leadership Mis-Fit Passion in Work Emotional Well-being in the Workplace Job Satisfaction Self-Worth in Companies Employee Mis-Fit Meaning Enactment Process in Work

Authors and affiliations

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About the authors

Michelle French-Holloway is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Business Administration at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles. She teaches courses in management, leadership, and organizational behavior. 
Dr. French-Holloway’s professional experience includes over twenty years in strategic marketing consulting for clients in the entertainment and technology industries and in the non-profit space, public relations and sales in the fashion industry, and fund development in the non-profit sector. 
Her research interests include leadership, meaning and calling in work, and effectiveness in faith-based organizations. Recently, Dr. French-Holloway published the chapter Teaching Creativity and Spiritual Meaning Using Insights from Neurobiology in The Handbook of Personal and Organizational Transformation. She is a Past Chair of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group of the Academy of Management and Immediate Past President of the Management Faculty of Color Association. She is a frequent speaker for conferences such as the International Association of Management, Spirituality and Religion Conference; the International Critical Management Conference; and the Organizational Behavior Teaching Conference. She recently served as a Research Fellow with the Center for Church Management at the Villanova School of Business. Dr. French-Holloway lives in Southern California with her husband Mark and their growing aquatic turtle.

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