and Religion (MSR)
Program Chair: Kathryn Pavlovich, University
of Waikato, firstname.lastname@example.org
2014 MSR Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions
Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Interest Group cordially invites you to submit
scholarly papers for the 74th annual meeting of the Academy of
Management (AOM) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August
1-5 2014. The conference theme is "The
Powers of Words," which, in today's expanding set
of economic activity, has clear implications for research, practice, and
MSR Research Domain: MSR is committed to
advancing rigorous, interdisciplinary theoretical and applied research and
pedagogy on the nature, influence, and relationship of spirituality and
religion in management and organizational life. Major areas of investigation
include theoretical and empirical evidence about the effectiveness of spiritual
or religious principles and practices in management, from approaches
represented in the literature, including religious ethics, spirituality and
work, and spiritual leadership, as well as applications of particular
religions, and secular spiritualties to work, management, leadership,
organization, and the business system; and evaluation studies of the
effectiveness of management approaches that nurture the human spirit in
private, non-public or public institutions.
AOM 2014 Meeting
The 2014 Conference Theme regards the effect that words can have on the
subsequent events of individuals, groups/teams, organizations, industries, and
even nations— depending on who or what is the subject of conversation, how many
hear or see the conversation, and the extent to which the conversation inspires
action. At a micro-level, such actions may include: initiative-taking,
creativity, innovativeness, ethicality, inclusionary behavior, cross-cultural
sensitivity, and high-quality performance by individuals and teams (influenced,
at least in part, by whether processes and behaviors associated with these
actions are seen within organizations’ strategic mission statements, codes of
ethics, and performance-appraisal forms or heard in authorities’ or others’
verbal communications). At a more macro-level, the actions inspired by words in
texts and speeches delivered by authorities or others include the
organizational-, industry-, and even country-level consequences associated with
the actions just named (e.g., organizations’ innovativeness, institutionalized
corruption, exclusionary (diversity-unfriendly) cultures, and economic
performance of organizations or nations).
Special Instructions: We urge you to
submit papers to this highly competitive review process. Potential submitters
are encouraged to explore connections between the MSR domain and the 2014 AOM
conference theme by examining issues including, but not limited to:
1. How is employee-
or team-performance outcomes (e.g., perceptions, organizational- or team
identity, work-related attitudes, task-related decisions, or behaviors)
influenced by the words associated with organizations’ strategic mission
statements, codes of ethics, and performance appraisal forms? How may notions of religion and spirituality
reshape these outcomes?
2. What is the role
of religion and spirituality and new communication technologies? In what ways
could religious and spiritual practices affect managers in their pursuit of
goals such as setting norms, motivating desired employee or team behavior,
enhancing employee wellbeing, creating and sustaining desired team or
organizational climates of justice and ethicality, creativity, inclusivity,
high-performance? Alternatively, could
these technologies be disruptors to intuitive ways of being?
3. How is
organizational effectiveness (e.g., profits, customer satisfaction, sales,
repeat-business, referrals, etc.) affected when the organizations use social
media such as twitter, blogs, etc.? Is there a religious and/or spiritual
perspective to this, from both enabling and critical perspectives?
4. Given the ease
with which digital content can be duplicated (as compared to print media), how
are these new technologies affecting the way organizations deal with privacy
and security? What are the implications
of this for ethical organizations?
5. What qualities
distinguish the businesses and industries that have thrived rather than died as
a result of this technological revolution? How does the awareness of one’s own
inner virtues affect organizational flourishing?
6. How do differences
in language-fluency affect processes and outcomes of multicultural or
multinational teams? How can spiritual and religious practices help to overcome
(unintended or intended) exclusivity when members of such teams speak a
language unknown to other members?
Requirements and Formatting. A paper is defined as a fully developed manuscript on a
scholarly topic. Please follow the guidelines at the AOM submission site to
ensure your work is reviewed. Papers that are not prepared according to
formatting instructions will NOT be reviewed.
Papers may be submitted
through the AOM website at: http://aom.org/annualmeeting/submission/.
Only submissions registered, uploaded, and finalized on the website will be
evaluated. Please refer to the AOM Scholarly Submission
Guidelines before submitting multiple papers. The submission deadline is Tuesday,
January 14, 2014 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time).