Management, Spirituality, and religion (MSR) ways and means: a paper to encourage quality research

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Tackney CT., Chappell S., F. Harris D. , Pavlovich K. , Egel E. , Major R. J. , Finney M. , Stoner J.(2017), Journal of Mangement, Spirituality & Religion, volume 14, issue 3

 

Despite 15 years of functioning as an interest group, our domain of inquiry is relatively young and there are limited theoretical boundaries to support, shape, and assist our efforts. This metaphorical “blank canvas” is both empowering, in that so many inquiries are open for exploration, and yet also limiting. In this document we highlight three critical elements to emphasize their importance in MSR research: (a) delineating and operationalizing the key terms of religion, spirituality, and workplace spirituality; (b) acknowledging the work to date in the MSR corpus around definitions of these terms, and (c) being explicit about how ontological and epistemological assumptions inform our methods. The intention is to encourage growth in the quality and rigor of our individual and collective scholarship.