This paper was presented at the
National Seminar on
Indian Psychology: Theories and Models

SVYASA, Bangalore,
December 26 - 28, 2007


The invisible synthesis of eastern and western managerial thoughts through the subtle principles of yoga — an empirical study

Arun B K & Upinder Dhar — Prestige Institute of Management & Research, Indore


The current work is based on a survey of randomly selected representative sample of 150 managers with 50 managers each belonging to Public Sector, Private Sector and Government Departments working in their respective organizations located in and around Bangalore. The work profile of the selected sample Ss consisted mainly of the mental efforts involved in the processes of planning, decision-making, monitoring and controlling. The instruments employed were a pilot study verified, 4-point, 5-dimension and 21-item scale designed based on Lickert’s principle to obtain responses pertaining to the subtle principles of yoga and a semi-structured personal interview schedule which helped to obtain a holistic picture about the behaviours of the respondents. The results revealed that in the workplace based on western management practices the synthesis of eastern thoughts at the workplace still happens through the application of subtle principles of yoga. The results further revealed that in the overall application of subtle concepts of yoga while executing one’s work at the workplace in an organization structured based on the western management practices, the nature of the organization does not have any significant levels of influence on individuals. However, the private sector managers were significantly better placed in the dimensions of ‘structural tension’ and ‘short-term transmission of enthusiasm’ where as in the dimension of ‘long-term transmission of enthusiasm’ the managers of Government departments were significantly better placed than the others. Based on these results recommendations were derived and listed.

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