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Inaugural Conference Spirituality & Management: strangers no more?

9-10 December 2010
Hosted by WU Wien – Vienna University of Economics and Business
Venue: Location: UZA I, sector D, level 02, Großer Sitzungssaal (large conference room)
UZA I, sector D, level 01, Kleiner Sitzungssaal (small conference room) – Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Our inaugural conference took place in Vienna, December 2010, with 40 participants from all over the world. It was hosted by Professor Dr Wolfgang Mayrhofer and his team at the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (WU). In line with our conference philosophy, we aim to be informed and inspired by the environment of the conference, in this instance the famed Viennese Christmas market, a tradition that goes back to medieval times; as well as the Jewish festival of lights (Hannukah). A centrepiece of the conference social events was a dramatic re-enacting of the saga Hildegard of Bingen, presented by Professor June Boyce-Tillman.


Convenors: Wolfgang Mayrhofer and Yochanan Altman

Day 1: Thursday, 9  December 2010

13:00 – 13:30 Welcome reception (sponsored by JMSR)

13:30 – 13:55 Introduction to the conference (large room)

Wolfgang Mayrhofer: opening remarks
Yochanan Altman: Vienna and workplace spirituality

13:55 – 14:45 Session 1: acdemic papers (large room)

David Miller, Timothy Ewest: The Integration Box: a new tool for examining workplace spirituality
Simon Dolan, Zahra Solouki: Coaching by Value: The leadership spirituality connection

14:45 – 15:00 Mini-Break

15:00 – 16:15  Session 2: workshops (parallel  sessions)

André Habisch, Christian Loza Adaui (convenors): Sharingholders – What inspires and what limits spiritually motivated businesses? (large room)
Michael Muller-Camen (convenor) Spiritual approaches in consulting, coaching and management development: Opportunities and Limitations  (small room)

16:15 – 16:45 Break (incl. a mini Chanukah celebration (sponsored by )

16:45 – 18:25 Experiential  sessions (parallel sessions): 45 mns. each (10 mns. Interval in between)

Karen Szulakowska: Art and Heart of Leadership  (large room)
Eva Ariela Lindberg: Tulip Love (small room)

20:00 Dinner in the Inner City of Vienna

Day 2: Friday, 10 December 2010

09:00 – 10:20  Session 3: academic papers  (large conference room)

Nada Kakabadse, Isaac Mostovicz: Between Tikkum Olam and Tshuva
Thomas Thakadipuram: Leaders’ quest for wholeness: A management spirituality perspective
Nandini Shekhar: Balancing material and spiritual lives–when excellence meets ethics

10:20 – 10:45 Break

10:50 – 12:00 Session 4: academic papers  (large conference room)

Michelle French: How can Managers Encourage Spirituality in the Workplace?
Emil Inauen: Internalizing motivation: motivation in religious orders
Queralt Prat-i-Pubill: Human Quality and Construction of Axiological Projects

12:10 – 13:15 Lunch (also brief on Indian Conference and on MSR AoM)  – Restaurant „Zum Rznicek“, 1090 Vienna, Reznicekgasse 10

13:25 – 14:25 Session 5: roundtables (parallel large and small room)

Large room Judy Neal, Ralph Ellis and colleagues: Edgewalkers in practice
Small room
Nada Kakabadse, Isaac Mostovicz: From Self-Restoration to Restoring the World

14:25 – 14:40 Mini-Break

14:40 – 15:20  Session 6: academic papers  (large conference room and parallel small room)

Large room Lenette Schuijt: Leaders and paradoxes
Christina Schwabenland: Framing the Others

Small room Frans Dokman: „I am because we are“ – Sharing Spirituality at the World Council of Churches
Erna Oldenboom, David McKie, Walter Baets: Managing without spirits is an illusion

15:30 – 16:30 Session 7: academic papers (large conference room)

Judy Neal: Assesing Qualities and Skills of Those Integrating Spirituality and Management
Ramnath Narayanswamy: Interface between Management, Spirituality and Design Thinking
Jody Fry: Spiritual Leadership: taking stock & moving ahead

16:30 – 16:55 Break

17:00 – 18:00 Session 8: experiential (musical) session (large conference room)

June Boyce-Tillman: Singing the Mystery: Hildegard of Bingen

18:00 – 18:15 Closing remarks

Yochanan Altman / Wolfgang Mayrhofer