MSR Ways and Means

Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Ways and Means:
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Tackney, C. T., Chappell, S., Harris, D., Pavlovich, K., Egel, E., Major, R., Finney, M., Stoner, J. (2017, 05). Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) ways and means: A paper to encourage quality research. Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 14(3), 245-254. doi:10.1080/14766086.2017.1316764

Contact list of authors: 
Charles T. Tackney (Chair): cttack@gmail.com
Stacie Chappell (Editor): stacie.chappell@wne.edu
Daniel E. Harris: dharris@walton.uark.edu
Kathryn Pavlovich: kpav@waikato.ac.nz
Eleftheria Egel: ee@amfortas.eu
Mary Finney: finneym@ohio.edu
Richard J. Major: rjm@exemplarity.com
James Stoner: stoner@fordham.edu

Abstract: 
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.

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