Individual Influences and Strategies

  • Sharlene G. BuszkaEmail author
  • Timothy Ewest
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Workplace Spirituality and Fulfillment book series (PSTWSP)


It is this book’s position that individual faith influences have the most significant impact on faith and work integration (FWI). Other researchers have provided research to support this (Davidson & Caddell, 1994; Lynn, Naughton, & Vanderveen, 2010), particularly in the areas of faith maturity and religious commitment. In Chap.  3 it was also noted that most research attention has been paid to self or individual level elements with respect to research on the meaning of work (Rosso, Dekas, & Wrzesniewski, 2010). And, it makes sense that this would be the focus of researchers because it is at the individual level that the numerous contextual influences are integrated to create personal meaning. Similarly, it is ultimately the individual who makes the decision whether or not or how to integrate faith in the workplace, with the other three spheres of influence acting on the individual to encourage or deter FWI. The Faith and Work Integration Spheres of Influence model (FWSI) presented in Chap.  8 was described as theoretical and not area proportional; therefore, the relative influence of the individual sphere is not reflected in Fig. 9.1.


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  1. 1.Daemen CollegeAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Houston Baptist UniversityHoustonUSA

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