Thomas A. Conklin, Gannon University, published “Work Worth Doing: A Phenomenological Study of the Experience of Discovering and Following One’s Calling” on September 13th, 2011 in the Journal of Management Inquiry’s OnlineFirst collection. Other articles available OnlineFirst can be found here.
What is the meaning of our work? How do we find the work that is ours, work that is worth doing for us as individuals? This study attempted to answer these questions in understanding the experience of discovering one’s calling. It was undertaken with a group of professionals who work in areas serving the natural environment and used phenomenology to penetrate and apprehend the six themes of their experience. This article helps understand the meaning of their calling in its experiential components and offers support for its relevance in organizational life. Pseudonyms have been employed in this writing.
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