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MSR Programs in Boston - helpful guide to register for MSR Research Consortium, MSR Dinner and MSR Retreat.

  • 1.  MSR Programs in Boston - helpful guide to register for MSR Research Consortium, MSR Dinner and MSR Retreat.

    Posted 06-04-2019 00:46
    Edited by Mary Finney 06-04-2019 00:45
    Dear MSR MEMBERS and FRIENDS on Connect Discussions:

    We are sending our best wishes to all of you - hope you will be having a great summer.  For those who are coming to AOM this year we are looking forward to your full participation in what we hope you will agree is a great MSR 2019 Program.

    Warm wishes,
    Mary Finney

    Below you will find an outline of our MSR schedule  in Boston.   There are also  various links that will  help you get registered for all MSR events & sessions.  Below the schedule is additional supporting information to review.    

    2019 Academy of Management in Boston, August 6-16, 2019.




    *MSR Research Consortium – Try to be there at 9:00am.  

    9:30am – 5pm - to help to welcome all the participants – including the 20 Fetzer Scholarship winners who are almost all from outside the USA.

    Cost: $25 includes a catered lunch. 
    Register TODAYhttp://bit.ly/2IZgNl3 or simply reply to Dr. Debra Dean at debrdea@regent.edu

    See below the description and agenda of the pre-conference MSR Research Consortium.




    * Register today for the MSR Dinner (Aug 8th and for 3 of the MSR Professional Development Workshops (PDW) sessions. Be sure you are logged in to your AOM account.

    Click on this link: http://events.aom.org/events/2019-annual-meeting-pdws/event-summary-13da6c8ab5aa4e5ea89eab5cf71b680b.aspx

    Sign in and you will come to a page that lists all of the AOM PDWs that need to be registered for (all the divisions and interest groups' PDW  are alphabetically listed).   Scroll down until you get to "MSR".  You will see 4 MSR sessions (3 are PDWs and 1 is the MSR Dinner that is held on Friday- see details below) Click on each and register.  Most of the MSR PDWs do not need to be register for and are not listed here.  They will be listed on the online AOM program for Boston in the near future.  The 3 MSR PDWs on this webpage are free or "complimentary" but you still need to register.  

    * Register for the MSR Community Dinner:  It is a wonderful networking opportunity.

    You will need the authorization code below as you register for the community dinner. Click on the MSR Dinner and use this Code:   2HNA2U 

    Register today to secure a place (do not leave it to the last minute)!

    Date: Friday, August 9, 2019  - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM .  Limit: 50 participants

    Price: $65.00 -  use your credit card or debit card to pay for the dinner on this website.

    Dinner location: Back Bay Social (Upstairs back/mid dining rooms), 867 Boylston Street (between Gloucester & Fairfield), Boston, MA, 02199. Please register today.  

    Questions?  Please contact Udayan Dhar at uxd13@case.edu for more information.




    * AOM PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS - with free breakfast:


    1. All Academy Theme Day 
    2. MSR Paper Discussion session
    3. MSR & Friends Session:  Later afternoon
    4. MSR Business Meeting: 6:30pm-8:00pm 
    5. MSR Social Gathering: 8pm – 10pm





    * MSR Plenary (morning) – (with special guest speakers and engaged audience participation.  During this time slot there are no other MSR sessions scheduled – therefore it is an opportunity for all the MSR members to gather and build community.

    * MSR Scholarly Paper Sessions and MSR Symposia 






    * MSR Scholarly Paper Sessions and MSR Symposia 


    * TRAVEL TO RETREAT  (after all  of MSR sessions have ended in the afternoon)



    TUESDAY (late afternoon) – FRIDAY (ENDS 1PM) AUGS 13th -16th


    *Registration link for the MSR RETREAT:


    Full cost for 3 nights lodging, space for retreat activities and dining (from Tuesday dinner through Friday lunch), is $345 (double occupancy) or $495 (single occupancy) USD per person.  The purpose of the retreat is to connect at a deeper, spiritual level with colleagues, to rest and renew after the business of the Academy, and to share faith and spiritual practices with one another.


    The Retreat
    The MSR Retreat is a unique opportunity for reflection, learning, and community building, specifically designed for MSR members and guests. The MSR Retreat is co-created and pluralistic. The intention is to explore practices from a variety of sacred, spiritual and psychological traditions based on the interests of participants.

    In 2019 we will draw on the principles and process of Appreciative Inquiry (Cooperrider & Whitney, 2008) and Open Space Technology (Owen, 2008) to construct much of our time together. We will also continue the tradition of encouraging retreat participants to contribute to the program. In the past this has generally been 30-120 minutes in which a participant shares something of their teaching and/or sacred-tradition practice(s) (i.e. yoga, meditation process, classroom activity, discussion-facilitation, singing etc.).

    The Rhythm of Our Time
    We will gather at 7:30pm on Tuesday evening after the conclusion of the AOM meeting. Participants be provided information to facilitate self-organizing. shared transport to the venue. The intention is to arrive in time to get checked in and share a light meal (at 6pm) before we gather at 7:30pm to begin the retreat.
    The daily rhythm will include time for: prayer, worship, meditation, journaling, silence, small and large group sharing, and presentations. Free time is built into the rhythm of our days.

    The Venue

    The 2019 MSR Retreat will be held at Walker Center • a nonprofit education and retreat center located in Auburndale, MA. Walker Center has a 150-year history as a house of hospitality and their inviting 2.2 acre campus offers a unique and potential space for learning and living together. The Walker Center's lush and inviting suburban campus is walking distance from the Riverside T Station, and the surrounding village and city offer plenty of local restaurants and shops nearby.

    Because of the limited space, people will be registered for the Retreat on a "first come, first served" basis. Space is strictly limited to 30 participants.

    Cancellation Policy:
    Cancellations received before 1 June 2019 will receive a refund less a small administrative fee of $15. Because we need to commit to the venue, cancellations after this date will receive a refund ONLY if a replacement registration can be found.

    For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact: stacie.chappell@wne.edu



    Sent to our MSR Connect Discussion – by Sunny Jeong, Tom Culham, Debra Dean, Eleftheria, Richard Major  and all the members of the MSR Research Consortium Committee.

    AOM Boston 2019 MSR Research Consortium Theme: 
    Qualitative methodologies as inclusive approaches to develop high-quality Management, Spirituality and Religion research.

    • Thursday, August 8th, 9:30 to 5:00 (the day before the AOM)
    • Location: Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116 Ph: 617.859.2219
    • Cost: $25 that includes catered lunch, tea and coffee. (Online payment form will be sent once it is ready)
    • How to Register: Submit your form here (the link: http://bit.ly/2IZgNl3) or simply reply to Dr. Debra Dean at debrdea@regent.edu


    Given this year's focus on qualitative research, we bring top senior scholars and reviewers from tier 1 journals to share their views and their experience on well-established or more original qualitative methodologies and on qualitative research publication strategies. Here is the list of panelists that we are inviting this year including yourself:

    -Ian Mitroff, Crisis Management Expert, University of California Berkeley

    -Joan Marques, Dean, Professor of Management, Woodbury University

    -Robert Gephart, Professor, University of Alberta

    -Liz Denton, Organizational Counseling Psychologist, Executive Coach, Speaker, Co-Author: "A Spiritual Audit of Corporate America"

    -Julia Storberg-Walker,  Associate Professor, Executive Leadership Program, Department of Human and Organizational Learning, George Washington University

    Plan for the Day

    We hope to have 2 workshop sessions (3 hours each session). Each panelist will introduce his/her qualitative research method followed by one hour mini workshop session where participating scholars can engage in practical workshops and hands on learning.

    We are looking forward to seeing you this August.


    MSR Research Consortium Committee (Tom Culham, Debra Dean, Richard Major, Eleftheria Egel, Sunny Jeong)

    The Academy of Management


    MSR Community & Focus

    The AOM MSR interest group counts 600 active members across the world. As an emerging and growing field of research, our strategic directions for the coming five years are:
    1) Developing quality of Research and Teaching;

    2) Connection, Network, Community and Outreach; and

    3) Develop MSR into an attractive, thriving DIG organization.

    To develop the quality of research, for the past 4 years MSR has organized a full-day research Consortium that brings together 35 to 50 colleagues the day before AOM, to learn, share and connect.




    The MSR Scholarship Committee is very happy to announce the first 17 recipients of the Fetzer MSR Scholarship for Doctoral Students and New Faculty. (3 additional scholarships will be awarded to the top three finalists for the MSR Promising Dissertation Award.)


    We received 51 applications and it was a challenge to make our final decisions because of the overall quality of the applications.  


    Recipients of this scholarship will be assigned an MSR Mentor who will provide support and guidance during the 2019 Academy of Management conference. We are also asking each mentor to reach out to your assigned scholarship recipient during July to make him or her feel welcome. Please let Judi Neal know if you would like to mentor one or more scholarship recipients. judi@edgewalkers.org

    The recipients include:



    Afra Ahmed

    United Arab Emirates

    Elizabeth Luckman


    Jamila Alaktif


    Lasse Lychnell


    Claudio Senna Venzke


    Anastacia Mamobola

    South Africa

    Ayesha Sengupta


    Chitra Khari


    Srinanth Dissanayake

    New Zealand

    Issaka Tettej


    Julia Hufnagel


    Usman Riaz Mir


    Omer Taki


    Ineya Levi Bitchoka


    Patrick Aure


    Roberta Sferrazzo


    Semih Ceyhan



    Three more will be added.  They are the winners of the MSR Most Promising Dissertation Proposal Award  who will also receive the Fetzer Scholarship.


    AOM 2019 Theme:
    Understanding the Inclusive Organization

    Global trends, such as population growth, increased migration, and prolonged life expectancies, have produced compositional changes in workforces that make the creation of inclusive organizations important for engaging all employees. Yet other trends, such as continued technological advances and growing gig economy, call into question traditional notions of employment and thus, the maintenance of such organizations. These trends highlight the heterogeneity of workforces, as well as challenges around people's sense of belonging and their ability to fully participate in organizations.

    Inclusive organizations are open systems of opportunity in which all stakeholders have access to information, resources, and the capacity to fully contribute to their functioning. Driven by broad participation and equity, such systems align and make use of employees' individual and collective talents. However, as compared to organizational assimilation or cultural isomorphism, inclusive environments incorporate the cognitive, linguistic, ideological, economic, and other diversity of individuals. In effect, all individuals and groups are valued in inclusive organizations regardless of any group membership or status.

    The development of inclusive business approaches is a key goal for sustainable economic growth, as indicated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Group of Twenty (G20), and other global organizations. In addition, countless organizations in both developed and developing nations, as well as across public and private sectors, call for practices and policies that drive the empowerment and contributions of all. Still, our knowledge of such approaches are relatively nascent, as the creation, operation, and consequence of inclusive organizations remain elusive to both scholars and practitioners. Accordingly, the 2019 theme invites members to understand the inclusive organization.

    To gain such an understanding, several questions come to mind: What are the characteristics of inclusive organizations? Are these characteristics generalizable across cultures? How do inclusive organizations differ from porous or boundaryless organizations? What is inclusive practice? What are the effects of inclusion on employee, organizational, or societal outcomes? How do organizational structures, cultures, and/or identities contribute to, or detract from, organizational inclusiveness? How do institutional or societal contexts impact organizational inclusiveness? Do the meaning and import of inclusion differ across stakeholder groups? Are there critical perspectives on organizational inclusion that move beyond managerialism? What methodologies may be used to study inclusive organizations? How can we create more inclusive learning environments? However, as the Academy of Management strives to embrace the full diversity of our members' backgrounds, experiences, and ideas, the questions, and subsequently our capacity, for understanding inclusive organizations are unbounded.

    Since 1951, the first time our AOM Annual Meeting was held in Boston, the world has experienced critical advances and challenges while characterized by greater complexity and multiplicity. Now, more than ever, we need scholars and practitioners who can navigate and make sense of these tensions by thinking in broad and integrative ways. Thus, as we prepare for our Annual Meeting in 2019, let us imaginatively and importantly use our capabilities and voices to examine management and organizations questions that advance our understanding of the inclusive organization. I look forward to your perspectives and contributions, and to seeing you in Boston!



    Reminder of MSR Call for Submissions to Scholarly Program  and PDWs – 2019 (partial)


    2019 Scholarly Call For Papers

    Program Chair: 

    Stacie Chappell, Associate Professor

    Western New England University, stacie.chappell@wne.edu

    The Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) Interest Group welcomes scholarly submissions the AOM 2019 meeting, to be held on August 9-13, 2019. The AOM 2019 theme, "Understanding the Inclusive Organization", is particularly relevant to the MSR Interest Group domain and can accommodate a wide range of scholarly inquiry. Submissions that fall within the MSR Domain but do not directly address the AOM theme are also welcome. 

    MSR Domain Statement: 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 effects 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.

    Examples of specific questions, from the perspective of inclusion, within the MSR Domain might include: 

    • How do spirituality and/or religion enable organizational inclusivity? 
    • How do spirituality and/or religion inhibit organizational inclusivity? 
    • What is spiritual and/or religious inclusivity? How is that practiced? What are the challenges and opportunities? 
    • How do our methods of researching spirituality and/or religion within organizations ensure or preclude inclusivity? 

    We welcome scholarly paper, presenter symposium, and/or panel symposium submissions for the 2019 MSR Scholarly Program: 

    • Paper submissions involve one or more authors submitting an academic paper. If accepted, scholarly papers are then grouped by the MSR Program Chair into themed paper sessions. 
    • Presenter Symposia involve a series of authored papers that you, the submitter, organize around a theme of your choosing.  Titles and authors/presenters are associated with each presentation. 
    • Panel Symposia are intended to engage a group of panelists in an interactive discussion. There are no paper titles associated with the panelists' presentations. Proposals should include a clear description of the topic and the procedure that will be used to manage the discussion among panelists and with the audience. 



    Reminder of 2019 Call for Professional Development Workshop Proposals

    Management, Spirituality & Religion



    Chris Laszlo, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University 

    2019 MSR Professional Development Workshop Chair 



    Submission System Opens:           late November 2018

    Submission System Closes:          Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM EST

    PDW Program:                         Friday, August 9 and Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM 

    The Management, Spirituality and Religion (MSR) Interest Group cordially invites you to submit a Professional Development Workshop (PDW) proposal for the Academy of Management Annual Meeting PDW Program in Chicago, Illinois, August 9-10, 2019.  PDWs should be creative, developmental and experiential.  


    A PDW is an experience intended to update and develop member's professional skills related to research, teaching, and professional practice such as consulting. PDWs can take a variety of forms: tutorials intended to develop research or teaching skills, debates, roundtable discussions, interactive panels, site visits, service-learning activities, creative/artistic sessions, and other activities that help MSR members develop professionally. The possibilities are endless as long as an event brings skill enhancement to the participants in terms of their professional activities.  


    PDWs are distinct from scholarly program sessions in their personal and professional skill orientation. This is an opportunity to 'teach the teacher' or 'develop the researcher' by sharing your expert knowledge to build others' capacity.  As such, PDWs should not mimic scholarly sessions; for example, it is not appropriate to suggest a series of academic papers with minimal audience involvement. Rather, PDWs should focus on widespread participation and skill development. 


    Skills are better enhanced through active engagement in discussion or experiential activities rather than passive listening. PDWs offer an excellent opportunity to move outside the boundary of a single division to explore issues and ideas across divisions. The aim is to attract and involve a broad audience from across the AOM membership. PDWs are excellent opportunities to learn about research and teaching practices in other countries and to develop potential collaborative projects. They can be a vehicle to bridge research and practice by engaging practitioners and scholars in dialogues on their mutual challenges and aspirations. 

    To Theme or Not to Theme?

    PDW proposals may focus on the AOM Conference theme, Understanding the Inclusive Organization which, as described by AOM 2019 Vice President and Program Chair Quinetta Roberson, asks several question such as "What are the characteristics of inclusive organizations? Are these characteristics generalizable across cultures? How do inclusive organizations differ from porous or boundaryless organizations? What is inclusive practice? What are the effects of inclusion on employee, organizational, or societal outcomes? How do organizational structures, cultures, and/or identities contribute to, or detract from, organizational inclusiveness? How do institutional or societal contexts impact organizational inclusiveness? Do the meaning and import of inclusion differ across stakeholder groups? Are there critical perspectives on organizational inclusion that move beyond managerialism? What methodologies may be used to study inclusive organizations? How can we create more inclusive learning environments?"

    We also welcome non-thematic proposals about other topics within the MSR domain including, but not limited to, developing members' capacity to research and teach about the nature, influence and relationship of spirituality and religion in management and organizations.  This includes developing our collective capacity around innovative research methods that align with our inquiries (Tackney et al, 2017). 


    Mary Finney