Quotation Baumgartner, Lisa-Maria, Kaiser, Alexander. 2021. The Measurement of Meaningfulness. European Conference of Knowledge Management, Coventry (Online), Vereinigtes Königreich von Großbrit. u. Nordirland, 02.09.-03.09.




Currently, the topic of Spiritual Knowledge is discussed in the literature and approaches to systematize this type of knowledge are presented. It seems unquestionable that an important aspect of spiritual knowledge is in particular the topic of meaningfulness. In order to systematize this aspect of spiritual knowledge, it could be helpful to measure the meaningfulness of activities in general and of work in particular. The aim of this paper is to reveal the fundamental dimensions of meaningful work by comparing selected measurement scales. Selected measurements mainly focusing either on meaningful work or on calling are introduced, namely the Comprehensive Meaningful Work Scale, the Work and Meaning Inventory, the Existential Meaning of Work Inventory, the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire, the Vocation Identity Questionnaire, and the Calling and Vocation Questionnaire. Based on a semantic cluster analysis of their relevant items and an interrater analysis, fundamental dimensions are grasped. Altogether six dimensions are found: balance, belonging, calling, enjoyment/enablement, significance, and work as an end and not as a means. Based on these dimensions, we propose a general approach to measure meaningfulness in the context of spiritual knowledge. Finally, the relevance of spiritual knowledge and its factor of meaningfulness for modern knowledge management in organizations is discussed.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Paper presented at an academic conference or symposium
Language English
Title The Measurement of Meaningfulness
Event European Conference of Knowledge Management
Year 2021
Date 02.09.-03.09.
Country United Kingdom
Location Coventry (Online)


Baumgartner, Lisa-Maria (Former researcher)
Kaiser, Alexander (Details)
Knowledge Management Group AB (Details)
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