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    Posted 09-06-2020 18:44
    Edited by Joan Marques 09-06-2020 18:47


    The MSR Division is pleased to announce our 2020 award recipients. Congratulations to the winners and also to all nominees! The 2020 MSR Division Award Nominees are:

    Most Promising Dissertation Award                                     

    • Aditya Agrawal, India Institute of Technology:  Organizational Healing
    • Naama Katan, University of Haifa: Living and Working Together: Team Mindfulness Practice to Foster Interpersonal Well-Being, Trust, and Compassion
    • Chararinchon (Rin) Satian, The National Institute of Development Administration: Spirituality Embedded in Organization Development

    This year, exceptionally, the Dissertation Committee found each of three finalist proposals of equal merit, and awarded each $1000 and a Fetzer Scholarship.

    MSR Best Scholarly Paper:

    • Mercurio Zachary, "The Lived Experience of Meaningful and Meaningless Work in a Stigmatized Occupation" Colorado State University. 

     Best JMSR Paper (Sponsored by St. Mary's University, Halifax) 

    • Arianna Molloy, Bryan J. Dik, Don E. Davis & Ryan D. Duffy (2019), "Work calling and humility: framing for job idolization, workaholism, and exploitation", Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 16:5, 428-444, DOI: 10.1080/14766086.2019.1657489  

     Most Innovative JMSR Paper

    • Mikaela Sundberg (2019), "Work practices, normative control and ascetic responsibilization in Cistercian monasteries", Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 16:5, 397-412, DOI: 1080/14766086.2019.1641141

    Service Awards


    • Michael Andreas Pirson, Fordham University: completion of five year term on MSR leadership track


    • Thomas Elwood Culham, Simon Fraser University: completion of three year term as Representative at Large (Research)



    • Elizabeth Luckman, University of Illinois: completion of three year term as MSR Secretary.

     Distinguished Service Award


    • Richard J. Major, Institut De Gestion Sociale: For many years of varied, crucially important service to the MSR community. 


    • Kathryn Pavlovich, University of Waikato; For unwavering and continuing service including leadership of the MSR interest group and as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion

    Lifetime Achievement Award

    Ian Mitroff is Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California. Globally he is highly respected and well-known for his work on crisis management, but within the Management, Spirituality and Religion Interest Group at the Academy of Management he is revered for being a pioneer in the field of workplace spirituality. 

    In 1994 he co-authored, with Richard Mason and Christine Pearson, a landmark article in The Academy of Management Executive titled "Radical Surgery: What Will Tomorrow's Organizations Look Like?" In this article he proposed that organizations be structured around five new organizational entities: (1) a Knowledge/Learning Center, (2) a Recovery/Development Center, (3) a World Service/Spiritual Center, (4) A World Class Operations Center, and (5) a Leadership Institute. This is most likely the first mention of anything having to do with organizations and spirituality in an Academy of Management Journal. 

    Five years later, in 1999, Ian and Elizabeth Denton published their groundbreaking study on organizational spirituality titled "A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America: A hard look at spirituality, religion, and values". This study remains one of the most cited studies in the MSR field, if not THE most cited study. Ian has published in the field consistently. Besides his scholarship, Ian was willing to use his legitimacy and credibility with the leadership of the Academy of Management to help MSR get formal recognition as a special interest group. Over the years he has given numerous scholarly presentations and led PDWs at MSR meetings including most recently giving a research presentation with Elizabeth Denton at the 2019 MSR Research Consortium. 

    Ian has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion (JMSR) and has published key articles in the journal. In 2014, Ian was profiled in Sandra Waddock's book Intellectual Shamans: Management Academics Making a Difference for his contribution to the field of management, spirituality and religion. 

    In summary, Ian Mitroff was one of the earliest scholarly pioneers in the field of MSR, and he has made several major contributions, both scholarly and politically. He has a long and steady history of involvement with our community and therefore MSR is proud to honor Ian Mitroff for a lifetime of meaningful achievements in our field.


    Joan Marques
    Woodbury University
    Burbank CA


    Posted 09-07-2020 11:50

    Congratulations and thank you to each of you for incredible achievements and/or service!


    Posted 09-07-2020 15:37
    Congratulations to each of you, and thank you all for your contributions to MSR scholarship and to our sense of community!


    Judi Neal Ph.D.
    Edgewalkers International
    Fayetteville AR
    (479) 871-9116


    Posted 09-08-2020 07:47
    Congratulations to each one of you!   Well-deserved!

    Eleftheria Egel
    Executive Director
    Navigating Transformation
    (170) 247-9156