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Spirituality in Management and Law

Responsibility can have quite different meanings for employers, managers and employees who understand themselves as being responsible to a religion, belief or truth rather than to shareholders, customers or laws.  

The Spirituality in Management & Law group undertakes inter-disciplinary research and scholarship that examines how spirituality, religion or belief influences management, employment and law .  We aim to:

  • Promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship which develops an understanding of spirituality in management practice
  • Provide opportunities for research & training that involves spirituality, management practice and law
  • Offer a vibrant forum for academic and practitioner engagement


Nicholas Burton

Elisabeth Griffiths

Mai Chi Vu


  • Dr Jan Myers
  • John Wales
  • Dr Rima Hussein
  • Dr Mary Thomson
  • Zaina Gadema-Cooke;
  • Dr Angus Robson;
  • Nicholas Burton
  • Dr Elisabeth Griffiths
  • Dr Alex Hope
  • Prof. Ron Beadle
  • Sally Wightman
  • Anthony Froggett


Chi Vu, M., & Burton, N. (accepted). Mindful reflexivity: Unpacking the process of self-transformation in Mindfulness and Discernment. Management Learning.

Burton, N., Kavanagh, D & Brigham, M. (accepted). Religion, organization, and company law: a case study of a Quaker business, Management & Organizational History

Burton, N & Bainbridge, J. (2019). Spiritual discernment, the incorporated organization, and corporate law: the case of Quaker business method, Religions 10(1), p35.

Muers, R., & Burton, N. (2019). Can we take the religion out of religious decision-making? The Case of Quaker Business Method. Philosophy of Management, 18(3), 363-374.

Burton, N., Koning, J., and Muers, R. (2018). Organisational ethnography and religious organisations: the case of Quaker decision-making practice, Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 15(4), 349-367.

Burton, N., & Turnbull, R. (eds), (2019), Quakers and responsible business: lessons and cases in Corporate Social Responsibility, London: Springer Press. 

Burton, N. (2017). The Quaker Business Method, past, present & future, in Dandelion, & Angell, S (Eds), Quakers, Business & Technology, Friends Association in Higher Education, United States.

Burton, N., & Hope, A. (2018), What can we learn from the Quakers?  in Ross, D (ed), Quakers, Politics and Economics, Friends Association of Higher Education, United States

Burton, N., & Turnbull, R. (2018). Quakers: the pioneers of responsible management?, In Burton, N., & Turnbull, R. Quakers and responsible business: lessons and cases in Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer Press. 

Nakpodia, F., Shrives, P., & Sorour, K. (2018). Examining the link between religion and corporate governance: Insightsfrom Nigeria. Business & Society, 1-39.

Vu, M.C. (2019). Tensions and struggles in tacking bribery at the firm level: perspectives from Buddhist-enacted organizational leaders. Journal of Business Ethics. Available online:

Vu, M.C. & Tran, T. (2019). Trust issues and engaged Buddhism: The triggers for skillful managerial approaches. Journal of Business Ethics. Available online: 

Vu, M.C. & Gill, R. (2019). Fusion leadership: A transcultural interpretation and application. International Journal of Cross Cultural Management. Available online:

Vu, M.C., Wolfgramm. R., & Spiller, C. (2018): Minding less: Exploring mindfulness and mindlessness in organizations through Skillful Means. Management Learning. Available online:

Vu, M.C. (2018). Skillful means – A Buddhist approach to social responsibility. Social Responsibility Journal. Available online: doi: 10.1108/SRJ-05-2016-0084

Vu, M.C., & Gill, R. (2018). Is there corporate mindfulness? An exploratory study of Buddhist-encted spiritual leaders’ perspectives and practices. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 15(2), 155-177.


Sumana Suwanwilai. (2008)   “Training and Development using Buddhist Teachings and Practices in Thai Organisations”. Northumbria University (PhD)

Sally Wightman (in progress) – “The call to Lead” Supervised  by Angus Robson

Anthony Froggett (in progress) – Is non-romanticized leadership possible?  Supervised by Nicholas Burton

Recent Projects

2017-19: Funding received from Quakers & Business, Quakers in Yorkshire & Quakers in Britain to deliver 16 public lectures in the UK exploring the role of Quaker principles in contemporary responsible business

2017-19: Funding received from Quakers & Business to undertake research with non-Quaker businesses in using decision-making by discernment at board-level.

2018-19: Funding received from the Centre for Enterprise, Markets & Ethics to deliver three workshops for charity trustees to explore Quaker leadership and ways of organizing


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