MSR Flamekeeper Big Question Webinar

When:  Dec 4, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (CT)


MSR Big Questions Webinar with Dr. Jerry Biberman


Hosts: MSR Flamekeepers Committee


Date:  December 4, 2019

10-11:30am Pacific,

11 – 12:30pm Mountain

12 - 1:30pm Central

1 – 2:30pm Eastern


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The MSR Flamekeepers Committee invites you to join the founders and early leaders of MSR  for the next “MSR Big Questions Webinar” with Dr. Jerry Biberman. The goal of this webinar series is not to provide definitive answers to the Big Questions but to provoke new ideas for MSR research, teaching, and practice.


Flamekeeper Big Questions for December 4, 2019:


“How do our own preconceptions and biases (both positive and negative) influence our choice of research questions that we ask and the ways in which we ask them? Is there a dark side that we want to avoid falling in to, and, if so, how (what practices, teaching research methods, etc.) can we use to avoid being ‘seduced by the dark side.“


This session will be led by Jerry Biberman, one of the founders of MSR, and the first chair of the interest group. Judi Neal will facilitate. After a brief explanation of the question by Jerry, we will open up the conversation for dialogue and interaction. We will also explore ways to keep the dialogue going between calls, especially through AOM Connect. The call will be recorded.


Jerry Biberman Bio:


Dr. Jerry Biberman is Professor Emeritus of Management at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit University in Scranton, PA. (retiring from full time teaching in 2012). For twelve years he served as Chair of the Management/Marketing Department at the University of Scranton. He was a founder and first chair of the Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) interest group of the Academy of Management, and served as founding co-editor of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion. In 2016 he received the MSR interest group’s Distinguished Service Award. In 1999, Jerry was the recipient of the first University of Scranton Kania School of Management Scholarly achievement award. He received the award a second time in 2003. In 2010 he received the University of Scranton Provost Award for Excellence in Integrating Mission and Justice into the Curriculum. Jerry currently lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The Purpose of the Flamekeeper Committee:


In 2016, at the invitation of Jim Stoner, the Chair of the Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Interest Group, Judi Neal created the MSR Flamekeepers Committee. The purpose of the Flamekeepers Committee is to recognize and honor long-time members of the MSR Special Interest Group who have made significant contributions to the science and practice of management, spirituality and religion, and to the leadership of MSR. The Flamekeepers Committee also provides opportunities for deep relational connection among the MSR elders, in support of the founding vision of MSR. Members of the Flamekeepers Committee include:


Lee Robbins (

Jerry Biberman (

Judi Neal (

Richard Peregoy (

Yochanan Altman (

Chris Laszlo (


Inspirational Quote:


I stand among you as one who offers a small

Message of hope that first, there are always

people who dare to seek on the margin of society, who are not dependent on social routine, and prefer a kind of free -floating existence under a

state of risk. And among these people, if they

are faithful to their own calling, to their own

vocation, and to their own message from God,

communication on the deepest level is possible.

And the deepest level of communication is not

communication, but communion. It is wordless.

It is beyond words, and it is beyond speech, and it 

is beyond concept. Not that we discover a new unity.

We discover an older unity. We are already one.

But we imagine that we are not. And what we have

to recover is our original unity. What we have to be

is what we are.


Thomas Merton




Dial-in Instructions:
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Judi Neal