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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


  • 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
  • Sharon Langridge


Griffiths, Elisabeth (2016) “The reasonable accommodation of religion: Is this a better way of advancing equality in cases of religious discrimination?” International Journal of Discrimination and the Law 16 (2-3). pp 161-176

Moore, G; R. Beadle and A. Rowlands. (2014). “Catholic Social Teaching and the Firm. Crowding in Virtue: a MacIntyrean Approach to Business Ethics”. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 88: 4, 779-805

Griffiths, E. The reasonable accommodation of religion: Is this a better way of advancing equality in cases of religious discrimination? International Journal of Discrimination and the Law, 2016 (forthcoming)

Hope, A (2016) Sustainability of the Self – Harnessing Natural Cycles for Leadership Development. Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal (Forthcoming). 

Burton, N. Quaker business method: a contemporary decision-making process? In Angell, S & Pink-Dandelion, B (eds). Quakers, Technology & Business. FAHE publications (forthcoming)

Griffiths, E. Only Relatively Equal? – The unintended consequence of the Equality Act 2010 at the Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, Lancaster University, 5-7 April 2016

Griffiths, E. Would the ‘reasonable accommodation’ of religious beliefs in the workplace prevent a hierarchy of protected characteristics from developing? at ‘The Equality Act 2010: five-years on’ Conference, 22 June 2015, Chester University.

Griffiths, E. Is ‘reasonable accommodation’ of religious belief in UK workplaces the answer? at Law and Religion Scholars Network Conference 2014, 12th May 2014, Cardiff University, UK. 

Burton, N (2016), The Friends’ decision-making process – a hidden gem?, in ‘Spirituality in the Workplace’, The Kingdom at Work Project, Bulletin 8, July

Burton, Nicholas and Hope, Alex (2016) Rethinking Business Models: Lessons from the Quaker approach to responsible business. In: EBEN 2016: Annual European Business Ethics Network Conference, 20th - 23rd June 2016, Nottingham

Burton, Nicholas (2016) Quaker Business Method: A Contemporary Decision-Making Process? In: FAHE 2016 - Friends Association for Higher Education Conference, 15th to 17th June 2016, Birmingham, UK.


N Burton appointed convener of Academic Research Working Group at Quakers & Business ( with effect from June 2016


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


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