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Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Special Instructions

Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR)
Program Chair: Kathryn Pavlovich, University of Waikato,

2014 MSR Division Scholarly Program: Call for Submissions


The Management, 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 teaching.

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 Theme: 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? 

Submission 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: 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).


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