Domain Statement & Bylaws


A community engaged in interdisciplinary theoretical & applied research & pedagogy related to the relevance and relationship of spirituality and religion in management.

“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 affects 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." (Original created December 1999; re-approved August 2000; revision approved May 2015).




The name of this organization shall be The Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group of The Academy of Management. The Interest Group shall be referred to in the Bylaws henceforth as “MSR.”


2.1 Mission

The mission of MSR is to encourage the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge about the relationship between management, spirituality, and religion. We aim to create greater awareness of the nature and value of such research in the Academy and in organizations.

2.2 Objectives

2.2.1. Encourage innovative research, drawing upon all types of methods and approaches.

2.2.2. Promote the interchange of ideas, research, teaching tools, and practices.

2.2.3. Foster collaboration among researchers, practitioners, and teachers to enhance our research, teaching, and practice.

2.2.4. Provide opportunities for our members to build professional networks.

2.2.5. Provide for fellowship among persons with professional interest in these areas.



Membership in MSR is open to any member of The Academy of Management who is interested in its mission, domain and objectives.



4.1 Executive Committee

4.1.1.The Executive Committee of MSR shall consist of a Past Chair, Chair Elect, Program Chair, Program Chair-Elect/PDW Chair, Secretary/Archivist, Treasurer, and five Representatives-at-large.


4.2 Terms of Office

4.2.1. The term of office shall begin on the Monday following the close of the Annual Meeting and terminate the Monday following the end of the next Annual Meeting. After serving one year in their current office, the Chair will automatically succeed to the office of Past Chair, the Chair-Elect to the office of Chair, the Program Chair to the office of Chair-Elect and the PDW Chair to the office of Program Chair.

4.2.2. The Representatives-at-large are elected for staggered three year terms, with one or two elected each year.

4.2.3. The Secretary/Archivist and Treasurer are also elected for three year terms.

4.2.4. Other officers without specific term limits may be appointed by the Chair as deemed necessary with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee.

4.2.5. The Chair cannot succeed him or herself but may be elected later for an additional term.


4.3. Duties of the Officers

4.3.1. All officers shall serve as needed in the development of the Interest Group.


4.3.2. Chair Serve as chief officer of MSR and administer all affairs of the Interest Group in coordination with MSR’s Executive Committee and the officers of the Academy of Management, in compliance with the Academy’s policies for Divisions and Interest Groups. Chair MSR’s Executive Committee. Preside over the Executive Committee meeting at the annual meeting. Preside over the MSR’s business meeting at the annual meeting. Present a status report to membership at the MSR’s business meeting. Identify for the Program Chair those individuals to be recognized by MSR that year for services rendered as an elected or appointed officer, subject to the relevant criteria.


4.3.3. Chair Elect Serve in the absence of the Chair Serve as assistant to the Chair and carry out such duties as may be delegated by the Chair. Work with the Chair to ensure smooth transition for the upcoming year’s Executive Leadership. Assist the Program Chair and PDW Chair, as needed.


4.3.4. Past Chair Chair the Nominating Committee and conduct the election of officers, including identifying appropriate candidates for the Chair sequence. Manage the process of amending the bylaws in accordance with Article IX. Serve as counselor to the Chair.


4.3.5. Program Chair Develop and coordinate the MSR program at the Annual Meeting. Recruit a Program Committee (as needed) to assist in planning the program for the Annual Meeting. Be responsible for supervising the MSR program at the Annual Meeting.


4.3.6. Program Chair-Elect/PDW Chair Plan, organize, and supervise all professional development workshops (PDWs) for MSR at the Annual Meeting. Assist the Program Chair in ways that enable a smooth transition of duties the following year.


4.3.7. Secretary/Archivist Keep and distribute minutes of the special interest group’s Annual Business Meeting, as well as minutes of all Executive Committee meetings. Collect and maintain the historical and current records of the Interest Group in a place online accessible to the members of the Executive Committee.


4.3.8. Treasurer Oversee the expenditures of the special interest group’s budget and be accountable to the membership for proper management of all expenditures and activities. Keep the Executive Committee informed throughout the year on the group’s financial status. Forecast and monitor expenses to align with the allocated funding. Work with the Program Chair to recruit a program committee to organize social functions associated with the Annual Meeting. Generate invoices and requests for funds to facilitate the flow of funds into and out of MSR’s financial accounts.


4.3.9. Representatives at Large (Communications) Gather news on MSR and its members for the Newsletter. Prepare at least two Newsletters per year. Lead in developing, implementing, and coordinating the communication strategy of MSR.


4.3.10. Representative at Large (Community Building) Build and sustain membership through appropriate campaigns. Recruit and coordinate a membership committee. Devise and oversee Social Media communications.


4.3.11. Representative at Large (Research Affairs: Scholarship Consortium) Oversee the Scholarship/Doctoral Consortium, Research Incubator, and any other research functions developed by MSR. Recruit and support coordinators for these and other research-related events. Coordinate assessment and evaluation of these functions.


4.3.12. Representative at Large (International Affairs) Promote membership in MSR among international members of the Academy. Ensure that international members’ issues are addressed and that they have voice in Executive Committee deliberations.


4.3.13. Representative at Large (Technology Support) Recruit and coordinate a Technology Committee to maintain the MSR website and the ListServ and provide technology support for virtual meetings including monthly Executive Committee meetings. Identify and recommend a Webmaster to maintain the MSR website. Appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Work with Webmaster to update the MSR website as needed and post current information in a timely manner to maintain an up-to-date site. Jurisdiction over the informational content of the MSR website shall reside with the Webmaster and the Representatives at Large (Technology and Communications) in consultation with the Executive Committee and the Technology Committee. Serve as or appoint a ListServ Moderator to coordinate all posts to the ListServ. Appointments are made with the advice and consent of the Executive Committee. Participate in Executive Committee meetings.



5.1. Officers

5.1.1 A Program Chair-elect/PDW Chair will be elected annually. Treasurer, Secretary/Archivist and Representatives at Large will be elected as needed every three years or as their respective terms expire.

5.1.2. Nominations will be solicited for all elected positions by the Nominating Committee or the Chair at the annual Business Meeting and by e-mail at least twice to the MSR membership during the period of time designated by the Academy. Additional solicitation for nominations may be conducted via the Newsletter and other electronic communications.

5.1.3. All nominees must be current MSR members.

5.1.4. All nominees will be asked to submit brief CVs and a statement describing their previous relevant experience and their interest in serving in the particular role.

5.1.5. The Nominating Committee will read all submitted materials and present a slate to the Executive Committee, which may add or delete candidates from among those nominated.

5.1.6. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall be responsible for verifying the qualifications and willingness of all nominees to serve prior to ballot preparation.

5.1.7. In the event that fewer than two qualified nominees are nominated for an open position, the Nominating Committee shall develop a slate of candidates for that position. It will aim to have no more than three names and no fewer than two names on the election ballot for each open position.

5.1.8. A final election ballot containing the names of the candidates shall be sent to the membership by e-mail or other electronic means. Results shall be returned to the Chair of the Nominating Committee, or an appointed representative, for tabulation, and the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be declared the winner. The Chair of the Nominating Committee shall notify the candidates and all MSR members of the winners for each position. The President-Elect of the Academy shall be notified in writing by the Chair of the Nominating Committee of the vote count for each candidate. The vote count shall be considered confidential information and shall not be disseminated further.

5.1.9. If the Academy election procedure changes, this section automatically is deemed modified to be in accord with the Academy’s procedures.




6.1. Resignation and Vacancies

6.1.1. In the event that the Chair is unable to complete the term of office, the MSR Chair-Elect will immediately succeed the Chair and complete both that term and his or her own.

6.1.2. In the event that the Program Chair is unable to complete the term of elected office, the MSR Chair-Elect will assume the Program Chair’s responsibilities and duties for the duration of the term.

6.1.3. If the MSR Chair-Elect vacates the office, it shall stay vacant until the next regular election.

6.1.4. In the event that the Program Chair Elect/PDW Chair is unable to complete the term of office, the Executive Committee will decide which Representative-at-Large will fulfill this role for the duration of the term.

6.1.5. In the event that the Secretary/Archivist is unable to complete the term of office, the Executive Committee will decide which Representative-at-Large will fulfill this role.

6.1.6. In the event that the Treasurer is unable to complete the term of office, the Executive Committee will appoint a replacement for the remainder of the term.


6.2. Removal

6.2.1. Any officer may be removed from office by a majority vote of all current members voting in an election of MSR called specifically for this purpose.

6.2.2. A vote for removal may be initiated by a vote of at least three-fourths of the elected officers of the Executive Committee or by a petition submitted to the Executive Committee bearing verified signatures of 10% of MSR members in good standing as of 1 July in the year during which the petition is submitted. This vote will be conducted by a designee of the Executive Committee in a timely fashion.

6.2.3. Should a sitting officer be removed in this manner, the Executive Committee shall determine the disposition of the officer’s duties during the remainder of the term, subject to these Bylaws.



7.1. Committees

7.1.1. MSR shall have a standing Nominating Committee consisting of the Past Chair, the Chair, the Chair-Elect, and one member at large who is not standing for reelection at this time.

7.1.2. Other committees shall be constituted as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee to assist the various Representatives at Large, such as a Community Building Committee, Newsletter Committee, Doctoral Consortium and/or Research Incubator Committee.

7.1.3. Membership on other committees shall be determined by the respective chair in consultation with the Executive Committee. Such membership shall provide, insofar as is possible, for representation from all the Academy’s geographical areas.

7.1.4. All committees shall be coordinated by the Executive Committee.


7.2. Provision for Committee Co-Chairs

7.2.1. Committee chairs/facilitators may select Co-Chairs to support and extend their efforts. Such appointments must be made with the advice and approval of the Executive Committee.



8.1. Monthly Executive Committee Meetings

8.1.1. The executive committee will meet on a monthly basis by telephone and/or a web based conference application to manage current affairs and best prepare the annual meeting events and meetings.


8.1.2. The Executive Committee monthly meeting will be scheduled at a date and time that accommodates all officers holding positions during the current year. Meeting times will be set using Pacific Time (PST, PDT) as a basis to accommodate all officers holding positions during the current year.

8.1.3. The monthly Executive Committee meeting will be facilitated by the Chair. If the chair is not available, the meeting will be facilitated by an officer in descending order of succession within the MSR leadership team.


8.2. Annual MSR Business Meeting.

8.2.1. There shall be an Annual MSR Business Meeting held concurrently with the Annual Meeting. MSR Members shall be notified of the time and place of the Annual Meeting by the appropriate officer of the Academy of Management.


8.3. Special and Call Meetings.

8.3.1. Special meetings and technology mediated discussions may be held as deemed necessary by the Executive Committee.


8.4. Quorums and Voting

8.4.1. A quorum is defined as a majority of voting committee members.

8.4.2. Motions made during committee and special call meetings shall pass with a majority vote of all elected officers.



Amendments to the Bylaws shall be by a majority vote of all of those members who vote through an e-mail or electronic ballot sponsored by the Executive Committee. Any proposed amendment must be made available to the members at least one month prior to a vote on the amendment.