Sensory Templates of Virtue and Vice: Management Spirituality and Religion

  • Claus Springborg
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Business, Arts and Humanities book series (PSBAH)


This chapter deals with using the concept of sensory templates to enhance methods in management education drawing on religious and spiritual doctrines and practices. The chapter focuses, in particular, on using the concepts of virtues and vices in management education. Cultivation of virtue is important for managers as a means of preventing human vices from leading managers to make flawed strategic decisions detrimental to the organization, its environment, and to the manager’s own career. Virtue can be understood as a matter, not of adhering to a morally good code of conduct, but of adopting sensory templates from which virtuous acts follow spontaneously and effortlessly. Drawing on Buddhism it is proposed that virtue (and consequently better decision-making) follows from seeing phenomena as empty of inherent existence.


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  • Claus Springborg
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