Workplace spirituality in a Thai organization: A grounded theory approach


  • Paratchanun Charoenarpornwattana


Human resources development, Quality of work life, Workplace spirituality


The objective of this qualitative research with a grounded theory approach are to describe the process of workplace spirituality practices, investigate how an organization develops workplace spirituality practices, and study how workplace spirituality practices affect organizational performance. Constructivism (interpretivism) is research paradigm. In order to gain access the researcher began a pilot study with five participants by in-depth interview and informal conversational interviews, then selected 28 participants from “Asia precision Public Company Limited” with at least three years of work experience. The setting involved purposive sampling and theoretical sampling to identify the 28 participants. Interview data, audio visual and document reviews were integrated to answer the research questions. Data were collected from in-depth, semi-structured interviews of the participants. Based on manual coding, six main categories emerged, which are “Workplace spirituality”, “Valued human resources”, “Pleasant work environment”, “Employee-focus”, “Role of the supervisor”, and “Lower turnover rate”. In conclusion, the research reported in this article makes a significant contribution to our knowledge about the importance of workplace spirituality practices of an organization in Thai society and reveals the benefits to society, as well as to the volunteers themselves.

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