Gender and Spirituality in Non-Government Organisations: Identity, a Matter of Change and Confusion?

By Charlotte Lucy Morris and Laurie Dickie.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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The identity crisis of charitable organisations in current research has highlighted the extraordinary sense of chaos and liquidity within the philosophical framework that stitches together the fabric of the third sector. This confusion of identity has been highlighted by the current constructs of gender and spirituality within the organisational systems that have been taken for granted and remained unexplored until recent times.

Community-based, human service charitable organisations and non-government organisations (NGOs) operating in Western Australia recently participated in qualitative research that used the themes of leadership, spirituality, ethics and values to examine and explore issues of gender, business practices and spirituality on the culture and relationships between employees and employers. What was revealed were substantial assumptions held by leaders and employees about the existence of a philosophical framework that was presumed to have established a sense of common purpose, a shared understanding about the core issues and the prospect of a viable future. However, the experienced reality and presumed framework differed widely!

Keywords: Gender, Spirituality, Charities, Non-Government Organisations

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 6, Issue 6, pp.93-100. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 873.846KB).

Charlotte Lucy Morris

Chief Executive Officer, Community Vision Inc., Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Lucy Morris has been the CEO of a human services NGO in Western Australia for over four years. She has been in leadership positions in the third sector since emigrating in 1991 with her family from the UK. She graduated with 1st Class Honours, BA Theology and with a Master of Philosophy from Manchester University, UK. She has worked as a journalist, PR Consultant and in the NHS is the drug dependency field in England. She has just completed a Ph.D on Leadership, Spirituality Ethics and Values in NGOs and the cognitive employment relationship between NGO and employees.

Dr. Laurie Dickie

Academic Director - Teaching & Learning, Research, CBS- International Programmes, Curtin Business School, Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Dr Laurie Dickie provides a wide range of teaching, learning and research programmes for overseas staff in professional and academic partnerships with Curtin Business School. As such he has a primary interest in corporate and individual social responsibilities, including those in charitable organisations. His research involves the effectiveness of strategic management in organisations in Australia and South-East Asia.


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