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Good Work with Toil: A Paradigm for Redeemed Work
Christian Scholar's Review (2008)
  • Margaret Diddams, Seattle Pacific University
  • Denise Daniels, Seattle Pacific University
Yet historically, apart from a perfunctory nod to Max Weber's identification and analysis of the Protestant work ethic on one hand, and the self-referenced agency theory on the other, there has been little articulation of the underlying assumptions associated with management scholarship, and even less still that has been developed from an explicitly faith-informed perspective. This lack of perspective has consequences for furthering both management theory and practice since the ideology or philosophical orientation associated with management research has important consequences for theory development, the nature of hypotheses, the format of the research methodology, the interpretation of study results, the organization of research within the larger prevailing worldview and ultimately, the practice of management and the quality of work life in organizations. Theologian and Human Development specialist James Fowler wrote that infrequent and intrusive life events such as divorce, death, birth or illness serve as catalysts to disorient current self -schema and motivate a person to adopt a more complex and nuanced understanding of life's moral and spiritual meaning.100 Research by psychologists Robert Hogan and Robert Sinclair suggests that positive changes in adult character formation can only occur in the presence of major life events where past patterns of behavior are no longer effective, leading to a revaluation of one's sense of self.101 Similarly, in his book Good to Great, Jim Collins wrote that CEO's of consistently high performing companies tend to have great personal humility which was often born out of difficulty.102 Conclusion It is in the "already - not yet" framework that we interpret what redemption means for work.
Publication Date
Fall 2008
Citation Information
Margaret Diddams and Denise Daniels. "Good Work with Toil: A Paradigm for Redeemed Work" Christian Scholar's Review Vol. 38 Iss. 1 (2008)
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