MSR Best Symposia Proposal

2019 MSR Best Symposium Proposal

1. Managing by the Bhagavad Gita for Organizations to Become Inclusive
(MSR Best Symposium Proposal)
Program Session: 779 | Submission: 18991 | Sponsor(s): (MSR, AAT)  
Scheduled: Sunday, Aug 11, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM at Boston Hynes Convention Center in 305
  • Chair: Satinder DhimanWoodbury U.
  • Organizer: A.D. AmarSeton Hall U.
  • Panelist: Jon RadwanSeton Hall U.
  • Panelist: Dennis P. HeatonMaharishi U. of Management
  • Panelist: Charles ChowEast-West Group, Singapore 
  • Panelist: Paul PalmarozzaIf I Can...Community Interest Company
Inspired by the theme of the Academy of Management 2019 conference, this symposium seeks to engage attendees to explore the pathways to developing inclusive organizations that harness workplace engagement, belonging and contribution. It is focused on how to manage and lead inclusive organizations effectively following the time-tested spiritual values enshrined in the Indian wisdom text called the Bhagavad Gita --“the most translated text after the Bible.”-- which, although by some accounts more than 5,000 years old, is still admired globally and guides the personal and work lives of more than a billion people in the world. This panel symposium will present the ethical and spiritual philosophy of the Gita pertaining to empowering work cultures, various psychological types, gender issues pertaining to inclusivity, and universally cherished values that foster workplace inclusiveness and belonging. Seven management and the Bhagavad Gita scholars from various academic disciplines from the USA, UK, and Singapore will explore the construct of inclusive organizations and leadership in the context of the Bhagavad Gita and, then, interpret how to make organizations more empowering and inclusive in the light of the timeless teaching of the Gita. The panel symposium will conclude with a question-answer period and discussion with the audience.


2. Management, Spirituality and Religion in Conversation with the Self and Virtue

(MSR Showcase Symposium & MSR Best Symposium Proposal)

Program Session: 1001 | Submission: 11667 | Sponsor(s): (MSR)
Scheduled: Monday, Aug 12, 2019, 9:45 AM - 11:15 AM at Boston Marriott Copley Place in Grand Ballroom Salon J

  • Organizer: Nicholas BurtonNorthumbria U.
  • Organizer: Irene ChuBradford School of Management
  • Organizer: Mai Chi VuNewcastle Business School, Northumbria U.
  • Participant: Santiago MejiaFordham U.
  • Participant: Joshua SkorburgDuke U.
  • Participant: Daryl KoehnDePaul U.
  • Participant: Miguel Angel AlzolaFordham U.
This symposium addresses the linkages between notions of the self and its connection with virtue and virtue ethics, each construct both contemporary and yet still underexplored in management, spirituality and religion research. This symposium aims to bring MSR scholarship much closer into conversation with notions of the self and virtue, despite these streams of research being largely disconnected or at best implicitly related. The concepts of the self and virtue are, of course, closely related and consistent with the growing emphasis on spirituality and religion in the workplace, a primary focus of recent scholarship in the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion and other top-ranked journals within the Academy, the Journal of Business Ethics and Business Ethics Quarterly.