Death rituals

Cultural Adaptability and Spirituality

Case Background

The adaptability theory by Denison and Mishra, (1989) asserts an organization must hold a system of norms and beliefs which support the capacity of an organization to receive, interpret, and translate signals from its environment into internal behavioral changes that increase its chances for survival, growth, and development. Denison and Mishra, (1989) note three aspects of adaptability that have a likely impact on an organization’s effectiveness including:

the ability to perceive and respond to the external environment,
the ability to respond to internal customers, and
the capacity to react to either internal or external forces by restructuring and re-institutionalize a set of behaviors and process that allow the organization to adapt.
Thus adaptability appears to be key for organizational success and the basis for other theories across a wide spectrum of topics such as the model for organizational change mentioned by Horwath and Morrison, (2000), mental health transformation studied by LeRoy, Heldring, and Desjardins, (2006), and evolution researched by Pitsios, (2006).

SLP Background

Death Rituals

Sub-constructs of this domain include:

Death rituals
Death is a phenomenon that is universal to all cultures. In some cultures, death is equated with “loss” whereas other cultures view death as a time for celebration of life and “transcendence”. In this modules background reading, we will explore these concepts a bit further.


Sub-constructs of this domain include:

Religious practices
Use of prayer
Meaning of life
Individual strength
Spirituality and health