God at Work

In his latest column in Bloomberg Businessweek, Drucker Institute Executive Director Rick Wartzman explores the role of religion in the workplace.

Peter Drucker asserted “that religion can have a positive influence on the world of work and, indeed, on the world at large,” Wartzman writes in the piece, titled “Drucker Does Spirituality.” He then quotes from Drucker’s 1957 book Landmarks of Tomorrow: “Mankind needs the return to spiritual values, for it needs compassion. It needs the deep experience that the Thou and the I are one, which all higher religions share.”

[EXPAND More]Wartzman notes that Drucker wasn’t one to call much attention to his own spirituality. But many see it as a strong thread through his work. Drucker’s “practical wisdom” and his unwavering “urge for moral purpose” are “deeply rooted in Christian faith,” concludes Timo Meynhardt, managing director of the Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, in a paper published earlier this year.

Read the column and then tell us what you think: Does religion belong in the workplace—and, if so, what’s its proper role?[/EXPAND]


Rick Wartzman, executive director of the Drucker Institute