Netherlands, Breukelen

Transforming Entrepreneurship & Management through Spiritual Innovation

when 16 July 2012 - 20 July 2012
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 750

The effects of globalization influence corporate life and entrepreneurial culture resulting in transformations in entrepreneurship and management. The implications are felt, directly or indirectly, by every world citizen. Rapid globalization is requiring leaders to work faster to keep up with an increasingly fast moving market and competition. Managers and entrepreneurs often face the constant demands of the outer world to satisfy the stakeholders, employees and the market demands, without focusing inwards on their personal, human needs. Entrepreneurs who started their business with a lot of passion realize that they do not have the energy to manage business growth with all that it involves. They find that just managing takes a lot of their energy and does not leave them the time and energy they need to manage the other areas of their endeavors. Innovation seems to be a hot topic for many countries for ages but it did not result in more balanced economies. The concept op spiritual innovation gives us a new worldview where spiritual drives and entrepreneurial achievements both are acknowledged as important for running a firm in a more balanced and sustainable way.

Spirituality can provide answers to many of the dilemmas that occur in current entrepreneurship and management tasks and is therefore becoming increasingly of interest to entrepreneurs, managers and leaders. Spirituality is gaining more and more interest in Western business models. There are several academic and non-academic definitions of spirituality. Spirituality is an umbrella concept that includes several dimensions of intrapersonal experiences (the inner side of spirituality), interpersonal experiences and person-situation experiences (the outer side of spirituality) and the connectedness between these types of experiences. At the concrete level it has to do with attitudes, values, emotions and behaviors related to an inner force in human beings that lead us to self-actualization and happiness. By incorporating spirituality in behavioral economic models leaders and employees can find meaning in their lives and at work. A spiritual worldview involves a shift to an entirely new entrepreneurial and management paradigm.

Course leader

Dr. Sharda Nandram

Target group

Students who have an interest in entrepreneurship, management and spiritual innovation.

Course aim

The central theme of this course is to provide you with an introduction to spirituality and business and more particular to reflect and work with the concept of spiritual innovation. This course addresses the several changes and needs in management and alternative approaches to build this new paradigm for businesses. Corporate models for doing business can be seen on a microcosmic level: work/life balance, work relationships, the way we vision our business objectives. On a macrocosmic level it refers to relationship with other businesses, society, nature and other stakeholders. Both levels will be part of the course. It is an enlightening five-day course that first supports you in developing self-awareness, discover your potential and through this achieve and sustain success in your personal and professional life. After the focus at the individual level we will shift to the organizational level of spirituality. There we will discuss how spiritual innovation can put into practice to achieve a more sustainable business climate. The context of leadership departing from spiritual values and the context of entrepreneurship and the role of intuition will be addressed to apply the new paradigm.

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 750: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 550: Course + course materials


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