Who we are
We are a global community of business and management scholars, and academically informed practitioners (business leaders, managers, management consultants, professionals) living and working in five continents in over 40 countries worldwide, engaged in the private, public and voluntary sectors, encompassing all business, economic and civic activities.
Prof. Yochanan Altman
Founder and Chair
Dr. Judi Neal
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Mayrhofer
Prof. Ramnath Narayanswamy
Prof. Léo-Paul Dana
France and Canada
Dr. Lynne Sedgmore, CBE
Why, What & How
There is a pressing need in today’s economic, political, environmental and health crises, for a new brave school of thought on managing and organizing. IAMSR is devoted to defining, encouraging and validating a workplace movement where people dare ‘managing differently’ by ‘leading spiritually’.
We wish to challenge management as a scholarly domain and field of practice, and deepen the inner and outer sense of being and doing – in the hearts and minds of people at work as well as of the organizations they work in.
We do that by providing evidence-based know-how through three dedicated forums: the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion (JMSR); the same named book series (published by De Gruyter); and the IAMSR biennial international conferences and workshops, held at different venues all over the world and which are designed to act as a bridge between academics and academic informed practitioners.
What we do
IAMSR’s mission is to initiate, facilitate, produce and deliver academic and evidence-based knowledge on the role and place of spirituality in today’s world of work. We aim to probe deeper and wider into our know-how of managing and organising, by recourse to the wisdoms of all faiths and beliefs (including non-faiths) and by reference to organizational, managerial and related fields of knowledge and practice.
We are dedicated to working toward the development of theory and best practice, the exchange of ideas and to enable a forum for debate, through the dissemination of cutting-edge knowledge, scientifically validated.
We do that through three dedicated forums: the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion (JMSR); the book series on Management, Spirituality & Religion; and the IAMSR biennial international conferences and workshops, held at different venues all over the world.
JMSR – now in its 19th year – is the first port of call for academics in this fast-expanding scholarly area. JMSR serves three large communities: (1) students, scholars and practitioners of spirituality in the context of work, (2) management academics and practising managers, and (3) religious studies scholars and religious leaders within their roles as managers and organizers of people, events, institutions and places of learning. Approaching 500 articles, JMSR is the largest repository of current academic research in the field. We are supported by The Sobey School of Business at St. Mary’s University, Canada which sponsors our annual best paper award; and by the Elisabeth-Bruyère School of Social Innovation and the Providence School of Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at St. Paul University, Canada, sponsors of our annual best innovative paper award.
The book-series Management, Spirituality & Religion, launched in 2020, features authored and edited books on all aspects of managing and organizing related to faith, spirituality and of related institutions.
IAMSR biennial conferences and workshops are designed to serve as a meeting place for academics engaged in the study and teaching of workplace spirituality and related religious issues; and for practitioners – management consultants, professionals and practising managers, engaged in practice relevant to spirituality and religion at the workplace. Our first conference was held in Vienna, Austria in 2010, our second conference was in Bangalore, India in 2012, the third was held in Lourdes, France in 2013, the fourth in Barcelona, Spain in 2015, and our fifth conference took place in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2017. Our conference scheduled for 2020 has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Both our Barcelona and Fayetteville conferences were co-sponsored by the Management, Spirituality & Religion Special Interest Group of the Academy of Management.
We support the widest dissemination of evidence-based outputs in the interests of the growth, use and impact of academic knowledge.