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Beliefs, Values and Worldviews at Work

9 Oct 2018

New £10,000 award from the British Academy to develop a quantitative tool for measuring the impact of Beliefs, Values and Worldviews at Work.

Professor Chris Baker (Director of Research at the William Temple Foundation) and Dr Maria Power (Trustee of the William Temple Foundation) have recently been awarded a British Academy Grant to develop a ground-breaking quantitative analytical tool to measure the impact and role of Beliefs, Values and Worldviews (BVW) in shaping the material structures and practices in the modern Work and Business Environment.

They will be working with colleagues at the Centro de Estudos e Sondagens de Opiniao (Centre for Studies and Opinion Polls) at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Catholic University of Portugal). The research will run from October 2018 to May 2019.

This tool will allow companies, managers, CEOs, HR personnel, along with academics from relevant disciplines as well as policy, public and third sector actors to become more confident and adept at working issues of religion, belief and unbelief across increasingly diverse, and often more fragmented settings.

As well as significant contributions to equalities, human rights, inclusion and diversity policies and practices, the BVW@W tool will also generate important data regarding more ethical, sustainable and efficient business practices, innovation and (common)wealth creation due to its addressing issues of authenticity, vocation and motivation (i.e. bringing your ‘real’ self) to the modern workplace and business environment.

Commenting on the news, Professor Baker says that:

“This prestigious bid from the British Academy validates our approach to developing further research and knowledge around spiritual capital and its progressive potential. We are delighted to be working with colleagues in Portugal to develop this survey tool and we look forward to creating a product that will have application across global businesses and contexts.”

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