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Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Call for Submissions

 Call for Submissions 

Program Chair: Stacie Chappell, Western New England University;

The Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Interest Group welcomes scholarly submissions for the AOM 2019 meeting, to be held on August 9-13, 2019. The AOM 2019 theme, "Understanding the Inclusive Organization", is particularly relevant to the MSR Interest Group domain and can accommodate a wide range of scholarly inquiry. Submissions that fall within the MSR Domain but do not directly address the AOM theme are also welcome.

MSR Domain Statement: MSR explores how spirituality and religion can influence organizational dynamics and affect management outcomes. In that regard, MSR is devoted to defining the relevance and impact of spirituality and religion in management, organizations and society. Major areas of study include theory building and empirical research around the issues of faith, spirituality and religion as they influence principles and practices in management. Important contributions have been made in MSR research to better understand the meaning of work, the impact of spirituality and spiritual leadership in the workplace, the purpose of business, the effects of religious pluralism in the workplace, and the distinctive elements of individual religious and spiritual beliefs that cultivate inner awareness and promote wisdom for the common good.

Examples of specific questions, from the perspective of inclusion, within the MSR Domain might include:

  • How do spirituality and/or religion enable organizational inclusivity?
  • How do spirituality and/or religion inhibit organizational inclusivity?
  • What is spiritual and/or religious inclusivity? How is that practiced? What are the challenges and opportunities?
  • How do our methods of researching spirituality and/or religion within organizations ensure or preclude inclusivity?

We welcome scholarly paper, presenter symposium, and/or panel symposium submissions for the 2019 MSR Scholarly Program:

  • Paper submissions involve one or more authors submitting an academic paper. If accepted, scholarly papers are then grouped by the MSR Program Chair into themed paper sessions.
  • Presenter Symposia involve a series of authored papers that you, the submitter, organize around a theme of your choosing.  Titles and authors/presenters are associated with each presentation.
  • Panel Symposia are intended to engage a group of panelists in an interactive discussion. There are no paper titles associated with the panelists' presentations. Proposals should include a clear description of the topic and the procedure that will be used to manage the discussion among panelists and with the audience.

Dates to remember:

  • Reviewer Sign Up Opens: Late October 2018
  • Submission system opens: Late November 2018
  • Submission System Closes: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET (NY Time)

Process Overview:

The AOM submission process can be confusing for newcomers. The following overview is intended to outline the broad steps involved that take us to the finished MSR Scholarly Program:

  • The program is divided into three separate segments:
    • Friday and Saturday are the Professional Development Workshop (PDW) segment.
    • Sunday is the All Academy Theme segment.
    • Monday and Tuesday are the Scholarly Program Segment.
  • Submissions to the Scholarly Program segment of AOM must self-identify a single sponsoring division or interest group (i.e., MSR).
  • However, symposium submitters are encouraged to identify other divisions/interest groups whose members might find their submission relevant. The submission is initially reviewed by the primary sponsoring division/interest group (identified by the submitter). If it is accepted for inclusion into MSR's Scholarly Program, the submission becomes visible to the other divisions/interest groups that have been listed and they are invited to co-sponsor the symposium.
  • Based on the reviewer feedback, the MSR Scholarly Program Chair selects specific submissions as:
    • MSR Showcase Symposium - These are the best symposium submissions received and are expected to attract a large audience. They do NOT need to address the conference theme. The MSR Scholarly Program Chair may select up to 10% of symposia accepted by their division to be designated as showcase symposia.
    • MSR Best Paper Award - This is the best paper submission received that
  • Based on the reviewer feedback, the MSR Scholarly Program Chair recommends a single accepted submission for the following AOM Program Awards:
    • William H. Newman Award for Best paper Based on a Dissertation
    • Carolyn Dexter Award for Best International Paper

It is an honor to be nominated for these awards and the papers are designated as nominees on the program. More information on the annual meeting program awards is available on the AOM website 

As well as the Call for Submissions, MSR also makes a Call for Reviewers. If you plan to submit a paper, please also plan to review!

We look forward to the range of teaching, practitioner, and scholarship research that will crystalize our 2019 MSR effort to "cultivate inner awareness and promote wisdom for the common good" (MSR Domain Statement).

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