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Journal Sections

In addition to the regular submission and the Special Issues, we invite contributions for the following sections (please submit to the dedicated section at the journal submission portal):

Critical Perspectives on Spirituality

Ron Purser rpurser@sfsu.edu

The impulse to explore spirituality in management and organizations is in no doubt a noble one and should be encouraged. But venturing into new territory, we should also be critically aware and discerning that we simply do not map this new territory upon old maps that contribute to human suffering and social and ecological distress. This section seeks submissions which call into question old contracts based on dualistic dynamics, individualism, technologies of the self, and ideological commitments to corporatist spiritualities that perpetuate the status quo and tighten complicity. Contributions may examine the political economy of spirituality, the global politics of spirituality, as well as critiques of commodified, decontextualized, dehistoricised and neoliberal spiritualities are welcomed. This section also seeks submissions that explore spiritualities and contemplative practices based on non-dual wisdom traditions, which reimagines the purpose of management and the ends it serves.

Local Spiritualities

Juliette Koning j.koning@maastrichtuniversity.nl

This section explores the role and meaning of local (indigenous) spiritualities (plural) in the wider fields of management, organizations, entrepreneurship and leadership. JMSR is interested in further advancing our understanding of the unique features of spirituality in different parts of the world, parts we might not often hear about, but always in relation to business and management questions. The section is open to conceptual and empirical papers that address in more detail the nature of local spiritualities: practices, symbols, rituals, customs, identity/identities, and lived experiences and how these matter in business and management.

Spirituality and Entrepreneurship

Kathryn Pavlovich kathryn.pavlovich@waikato.ac.nz

This section considers spirituality and religious predispositions that affect entrepreneurship. All related papers are most welcome. Alongside mainstream submissions, other examples of the diversity of relevant themes could include: (I) revisiting Weber and the Protestant work ethic; (ii) the influence of Therevada Buddhism on women entrepreneurs in Laos; and (iii) religious causal variables shaping entrepreneurship around the world.

Spirituality and Governance

Nada Kakabadse n.kakabadse@henley.ac.nz

Spirituality in governance through boards is captured as balancing the world as it is against the world as it should be. In so doing, the beliefs and actions that provide meaning to spirituality in governance arise from a sense of deep stewardship, namely, how can value be realized now and beyond the board’s tenure.  Board members sense of spirituality guides their exercise of stewardship. In this way, sustainability is incorporated into the financial workings of the entity, thus introducing quality into the social and environmental context shaped by the board:

  • Has the board positioned transformation to appreciate deeper purpose and enable all to respect the entity’s values?
  • Has the governance adoption gone too far down the compliance route, thus undermining spirituality?
  • Do board members exhibit a sense of spirituality, particularly in their engagement of finding pathways through misalignments

We welcome contributions from all perspectives as long as authors maintain alignment within their chosen ontological, epistemological and methodological positions in the conduct and communication of their research.

Spirituality and Leadership

Jody Frylwfry@tamuct.edu

Papers for this interest area should focus on the role spirituality may play in both personal and organizational leadership, where personal leadership is focused on leadership formation and development while organizational leadership is about influencing and motivating others to achieve a common goal.

Spirituality and Resilience

Kari O’Grady and Doug Orton



The Resilience section of JMSR publishes well-researched management (leadership, organizations, and strategy) studies of extreme contexts, crisis management, organizational improvisation, organizational sensemaking, and organization resilience.  The section explicitly recognizes the limitations of studies that define resilience as a variable, and thus prioritizes the publication of research articles on resilience leadership skills that define resilience as a process.  The section explicitly recognizes the under-publication of paradigm-stretching research articles from outside the United States, and thus prioritizes the publication of research articles conducted by research teams working in primarily non-English-speaking contexts.  The section explicitly recognizes the importance of rapid-response research practices, and thus prioritizes the publication of research articles on resilience leadership skills in recent, ongoing, or emerging catastrophes.

Spirituality, Pilgrimage, and Tourism

Amos Ronamosron@gmail.com

To a layperson, these terms may seem synonymous, and they are indeed related. As anthropologists Victor and Edith Turner proclaim in their book on Christian pilgrimage, “a tourist is half a pilgrim if a pilgrim is half a tourist.” Other definitions emphasize the element of travel, the sacred space and more.

This section welcomes research – both theoretical and empirical – on the meanings, boundaries, and practices in relation to religion, modern consumerism, and human behavior. Possible research questions are: how do we manage spiritual journeys? What are the relations between the three terms? Can pilgrimage be non-spiritual? Can spirituality develop without sacred sites? Do these terms complement each other, or do they compete with one another? These research questions are simply examples of possible future research.

Spirituality and Review Manuscripts

Kathryn Pavlovich kathryn.pavlovich@waikato.ac.nz

This section invites proposals for a review of some aspect of spirituality, management and/or organisations within a specialist field.  Some examples may include: A review of spirituality and organizational behavior; spirituality, management and nursing; spirituality and organizational ethics.  Please contact me with a three page proposal in the first instance.