Quantum Worldviews: How science and spirituality are converging to transform consciousness for meaningful solutions to wicked problems
Chris Laszlo (),
Sandra Waddock (),
Anil Maheshwari (),
Giorgia Nigri () and
Julia Storberg-Walker ()
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Chris Laszlo: Case Western Reserve University
Sandra Waddock: Boston College
Anil Maheshwari: Maharishi International University
Giorgia Nigri: LUMSA University
Julia Storberg-Walker: George Washington University
Humanistic Management Journal, 2021, vol. 6, issue 3, No 2, 293-311
Abstract This article focuses on the concept of worldviews, arguing that a change in managerial worldviews is the key lever for addressing the social and global challenges facing humanity. We draw from a new synthesis of science and spirituality, with the addition of “other ways of knowing” that go beyond rational-empirical analysis, to suggest that what we call Quantum Worldviews are capable of generating the prosocial and pro-environmental behavior consistent with humanistic management. Using the yin-yang symbol as a metaphor, we suggest that a transformation in consciousness, at the level of the paradigmatic assumptions held by managers about the nature of reality, can be understood through adult development theory. We also go beyond the metaphor to propose a quantum worldview based on a more literal interpretation of quantum science to fundamentally re-conceptualize what it means to be human, drawing on quantum research that suggests ontological wholeness and interdependence of all. Quantum Worldviews can help leaders, and the various systems of which they are a part, transition to a new science-based consciousness - long intuited by indigenous and nonwestern spiritual leaders - of an interconnected and dynamically coherent world. We identify a variety of practices that give managers a direct experience of Oneness, changing who they are at the deepest level of self-concept. Our research suggests that only when using such practices, and in sufficient numbers, will business leaders become agents of world benefit with the collective influence to bring about meaningful solutions to climate change and other wicked problems—in other words, needed system transformation.
Keywords: Worldview; Consciousness; Quantum; Science; Spirituality; Management; Practices; Transformation; Climate change (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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