Use of the Rule of St. Benedict as a Model for Organization Change

By Cheryl Crozier Garcia.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This study examines the degree to which the Rule of Benedict might be used as a model for organization change. Privately held, for-profit companies with no more than 100 employees are the specific targets of this management model.
The Rule of Benedict was written by Benedict of Nursia around 527 CE, as a governing document for two small Italian monasteries. The Rule was written for lay people who wanted to live a deeply spiritual life, improve their minds, and nurture their souls. Through the unique Benedictine vows of stability and conversion of life, Benedictine women and men have been, for almost 2 millennia, standard bearers for orderliness, peacefulness, and solitude.
Using computerized content analysis, the Rule was coded into guidelines for managing change by identifying the organization’s core principles, then affecting people’s behavior, organization practices, and property management techniques to manifest these principles.

Keywords: Rule of St. Benedict, Organization Change, Human Resource Management

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.135-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 629.436KB).

Dr. Cheryl Crozier Garcia

Associate Professor, Human Resource Management, College of Professional Studies, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI, USA

Dr. Crozier Garcia is a graduate of Antioch University, Hawaii Pacific College, and Walden University. She joined the HPU faculty in 1990. Since 1996, she has been a full-time faculty member in the College of Professional Studies, teaching classes in Human Resource Management and supervising the rigorous professional paper sequence for MAHRM majors. Currently, she is an assistant professor and program chair of the MAHRM program. In this capacity, she develops curriculum, recruits and mentors adjunct faculty members, and represents the program on a number of university task forces and committees. She serves on the board of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), which develops and delivers credentialing programs to validate mastery in the field of human resource management and to promote organizational effectiveness. Her research interests include workplace ethics, spirituality in the workplace, gender and leadership, and personal development. She is a Studium Scholar at St. Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota, and a member of the American Benedictine Academy.

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