Religiosity, ethics and the spirit of capitalism in HRM

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This chapter contributes to the debate on the extent to which religion and religiosity have had any effects on the management of people and employee relations in Asian countries and in particular in East Asia where there has been a revival of religious beliefs after many years of suppression on religious practices. The author observed that studies on the relationship between religious beliefs, organizational behavior, managerial practices and organizational outcomes are very limited and much of the debate over the rise of religiosity and spirituality as a form of personal identity has focused on the effects of religion at the national rather than the organizational and workplace level, and has been concerned with the negative aspects of religious extremism rather than on the positive implications of religious enlightenment on work and employee relations. This chapter addresses this imbalance and argues that the gap is still wider between the theory or what religious teachings promote and the reality or how people are managed in the workplace. The author provides emerging evidence that suggests that Asian ethical work behavior inspired by non-religious beliefs has had significant impact on HRM despite the spread of capitalism and the rise of religiosity, and calls for more empirical research on the topic to deepen our understanding.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge handbook of human resource management in Asia
EditorsFang Lee Cooke, Sunghoon Kim
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781315689005
ISBN (Print)9781138917477
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sept 2017


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