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MSR founders narrative and content analysis of scholarly papers: 2000–2015

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This is a founders’ narrative and research paper content analysis of the first 15¬†years of the Management Spirituality and Religion Interest Group (MSR) of the Academy of Management. Based on archival data and founder interviews, our inquiry recounts how the early collaborators established the Interest Group. The founders interviewed were identified through preliminary inquiry and from archival sources. As complement and extension, we concurrently conducted a content analysis of the 15¬†years of MSR Best Papers and Carolyn Dexter Award MSR nominated papers for Academy internationalization: a corpus epitomizing MSR research and practice. The combined study is a benchmark of founding and institutionalization for current and potential MSR members. By tracing the research trends MSR has taken in light of the founding aspirations, we illuminate the distinctive values, tensions, and meanings of spirituality in management practices that infuse MSR with its enduring organizational vitality.

Keywords: Spirituality; content analysis; interdisciplinary methods; management spirituality; narratives; religion

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Management, Society, and Communications, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark 2: College of Business, Western New England University, Springfield, MA, USA

Publication date: April 3, 2017

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  • The Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion as the leading journal in this subfield houses the largest collection of academic work relevant to the disciplines of management and organization, religious studies and practical theology as well as the social sciences. A truly interdisciplinary bridge journal, JMSR is ranked in the top quarter in four categories (Scopus, 2022) and as second out of 330 journals by Calrivate (2022, Journal Citation Indicator, category 'religion') for the second year running. JMSR will continue to serve these communities and related scholarly domains as the prime forum for disseminating empirical data, developing theory, reporting best practice, and for the exchange of ideas and debate.

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