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Integrative Framework for Spirituality in Leadership

D.V.R Seshadri, Indian Institute of Management (IIMU), Udaipur
K. Sasidhar, Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore
Mandar Nayak, Lahoya Business Accelerators LLP, Bangalore

Probabilistic Cognition in Two Indigenous Mayan Groups

Laura Fontanari, Università IUAV di Venezia
Michel Gonzalez, Aix-Marseille University
Giorgio Vallortigara, University of Trento
Vittorio Girotto, Università IUAV di Venezia

Appreciative Christian Counseling

Antonio Sandu, Stefan cel Mare University, Lumen Association
Ana Caras, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University

Epistemological Shifting, Vicissitude in Pedagogy and Evolving Different Schools and Sects: A Case of Buddhism

Shurendra Ghimire, Tribhuvan University

Genomes, Gender and the Psychodynamics of a Scientific Crisis: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Michael Crichton's Genomics Novels

Hub Zwart, RU Nijmegen, Faculty of Science, ISIS


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Indian Institute of Management Udaipur Research Paper Series No. 2012-2171274

D.V.R SESHADRI, Indian Institute of Management (IIMU), Udaipur
K. SASIDHAR, Indian Institute of Management (IIMB), Bangalore
MANDAR NAYAK, Lahoya Business Accelerators LLP, Bangalore

The panorama of leaders, among other things gives a resounding message that we can win and do so using ethical means and more importantly share our wins and make everyone a winner in the global family. This indeed is a true culmination of the Vedic dictum. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ (for those with magnanimous minds, the world indeed is but one family). A Chuck Feeney reaching out to an impoverished child in far flung Vietnam, or a Warren Buffett’s project ameliorating the lives of people in distant Africa, or a Devi Shetty bringing the state of the art medical care within the reach of a poor Karnataka farmer, all of them stand out as winners in the truest sense because they take great delight in making everyone victorious. When the champion leaders embrace such an all-inclusive world view, they set an example for the rest which is worth emulating. The realization would dawn that one’s ultimate triumph lies not in surpassing the rest in breasting the tape but in elevating others too to the victory podium and enhancing the overall level of societal consciousness. Indeed, this is the distinguishing hallmark of all great leaders, who redefine their personal success in terms of success of their communities.

In this working paper, we have attempted to provide a unifying framework to better understand the spiritual dimension of leadership by broad-basing and reinterpreting the meanings of Dharma, Yagna and Yoga, into the leadership context of contemporary organizations. In the process, we have developed a unifying framework that has been presented in this paper. It is expected that this work will enthuse many more scholars to explore these verdant pastures, which area capable of launching leadership research into a much higher trajectory.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of the Sciences, 2014

LAURA FONTANARI, Università IUAV di Venezia
MICHEL GONZALEZ, Aix-Marseille University
GIORGIO VALLORTIGARA, University of Trento
VITTORIO GIROTTO, Università IUAV di Venezia

Is there a sense of chance shared by all individuals, regardless of their schooling or culture? To test whether the ability to make correct probabilistic evaluations depends on educational and cultural guidance, we investigated probabilistic cognition in preliterate and prenumerate Kaqchikel and K’iche’, two indigenous Mayan groups, living in remote areas of Guatemala. Although the tested individuals had no formal education, they performed correctly in tasks in which they had to consider prior and posterior information, proportions and combinations of possibilities. Their performance was indistinguishable from that of Mayan school children and Western controls. Our results provide evidence for the universal nature of probabilistic cognition.

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Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, Volume 128, 22 April 2014, Pages 87–92

ANTONIO SANDU, Stefan cel Mare University, Lumen Association
ANA CARAS, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University

This paper addresses a correlation between the appreciative theory and Christian theology applied in Christian counselling space. We propose a method of appreciative counseling. The methodology is applicable in the field of psychosocial counseling, in social work, in counseling of ethics, etc. In this paper, we propose the method as application to spiritual counseling, as part of social theology. Success is seen as a sign of Divine Grace and is therefore desirable for a Protestant or evangelical Christian. Social theology of salvation is essentially a theology of success as the highest success that human beings can gain access to, is to partake of the mystery of the Godhead. But success is not worldly, but one headed toward eternity. Christian message replaces the prohibition manifestation of the type “you shall not? and the image of a “jealous and prohibitive God? to reverberate in the Decalogue, with a God who loves people, which guarantees the obtaining of the “ultimate success? of the Christian, which is the eternal happiness made possible by the divine assuming of all human sins.

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SHURENDRA GHIMIRE, Tribhuvan University

This article, on the basis of hermeneutic interpretation of selected literatures, argues that epistemological shifting is the root cause to emerge three schools; Hinayana, Mahayana, Tantrayana in Buddhism, four sects; Nyinma, Kagyu, Shakya, Gelug in Tibetan Buddhism intact of same ontology of emptiness. It also suggests that epistemological shifting cause adjustment in pedagogy and it ultimately brought vicissitude in Buddhism.

"Genomes, Gender and the Psychodynamics of a Scientific Crisis: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Michael Crichton's Genomics Novels" 
New Genetics and Society, 2014, DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2014.986570

HUB ZWART, RU Nijmegen, Faculty of Science, ISIS

Michael Crichton (1942-2008) was a prolific writer of ‘science novels’, portraying the psychodynamics and sociodynamics of genomics and other NBIC fields, fostering critical reflection on their societal dimensions. Science novels may serve as ‘literary experiments’, as windows into the (future) impacts of current research. Although on the surface level Crichton’s books may be seen as entertaining best-sellers, an in depth reading allows them to emerge as exploratory exercises, usable as course material for science students. To open up this ‘deeper’ dimension, I read Crichton’s work from a psychoanalytic angle, focusing on typical scenes and themes, such as the idea of a scientific crisis, geneticization and gender role reversal. The core question of a typical Crichton novel usually is: what will happen when a new laboratory research field suddenly comes out into the open? Notably, the gender dimension reflects and exemplifies the fascinations and concerns with contemporary techno-science addressed by him.


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