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 Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion

RMSR

Since the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion (JMSR) was established in 2004, it has become the first port of call for academics interested in the spiritual and religious aspects of managing and organizing. It serves three large communities:

(1) Students, scholars and practitioners of spirituality as pertaining to management and organizations,
(2) Management academics and practising managers,
(3) Scholars in religion studies and of religious affairs.
As evidenced in the success of the Management, Spirituality and Religion Special Interest Group of the Academy of Management, this field is gathering momentum. The mission of this journal is to provide a dedicated forum for disseminating work, for the development of theory and best practice, and for the exchange of ideas and debate in this growing field of interest.

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Deadline: October 15, 2019

The Introduction, Translation and Incorporation of New Age Spirituality into Western Secular Mainstream Organizations

New Age Spirituality (NAS), i.e., those ideas and forms of practice that draw from various domains, including spirituality, esotericism, psychology, complementary and alternative medicine, religion, etc. (Hanegraaff, 1998) are pervasive in New Age communities, and have now extended beyond them into the realm of secular organizations.

The significance of this phenomena has been documented in studies focusing on the incorporation of NAS into various mainstream organizations, such as medical institutions (Grant, O’Neil, and Stephens 2004; Kabat-Zinn, 1993), profit organizations (Heelas, 2008; Driscoll, and Wiebe 2007; Zaidman, Goldstein-Gidoni, and Nehemia, 2009; Tejeda, 2015; Islam, Holm, and Karjalainen, 2017), and the educational system (Heelas, 1996; Zaidman, Janson, and Keshet, 2017). Despite its significance, management researchers have overlooked analyzing the embodiment of NAS into secular Western organizations.

The workplace spirituality literature tends to focus on recounting how different spiritual traditions can be or should be used at work generally with an overall positive attitude towards the phenomenon (Lips-Wiersma, Lund, & Fornaciari, 2009). A second track in workplace spirituality research  argues that workplace spirituality may in fact be harmful rather than useful, particularly with regards to employees’ well-being (Bell and Taylor, 2003; Lips-Wiersma et al., 2009). Yet, both lines of enquiry do not address the question of how NAS is embodied into secular Western organizations, and what may explain NAS particular form of embodiment.

In this special issue of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, we welcome contributions that empirically explore the introduction, translation, embodiment and reproduction of NAS in mainstream Western organizations including the organizational responses to it. Contributions may explore the ways NAS language, ideas, images, discourse, and practices are rejected, accepted, adapted or directly incorporated to the organizational public domain.  Empirical papers may also explore the particular meaning adherence attribute to NAS, as well as NAS psychological effects when adherence cope with work challenges, communicate, or conduct work routines.

Possible topics for submissions might include, but are not limited to the following research themes and topics:

  • Analyzing the perspectives, attempts and activities of individuals who act as NAS agents or as NAS brokers such as consultants, spiritual care providers, Yoga and mindfulness instructors, etc. to introduce NAS to organizations
  • Explorations of the ways that NAS adherents employ NAS at their workplace
  • Gender and other differences (religion, class, culture…) in the perceived value of NAS as discussed by its adherents
  • Gender and other differences (religion, class, culture…) in the ways NAS adherence expose, or use NAS at their workplace
  • Organizational responses to NAS
  • Issues of power in the introduction, embodiment and reproduction of NAS in organizations
  • National or sector differences in the embodiment of NAS in secular organizations, including for instance, comparative analysis of the particular ways that NAS is translated and embodied in hospitals, schools, for profit and nonprofit organizations, and public sector organizations

The discourse involved in the introduction, and use of NAS by various actors

This special issue welcomes empirical papers with a significant theoretical contribution. We want to encourage work based on contextual and rich data, hence the Special Issue declares preference for qualitative methodologies, although we are open to quantitative research too, as applicable. We welcome positivist, interpretive, and critical approaches alike.

Special Issue Guest Editor:

Nurit Zaidman, Ph.D., is associate professor and the Area Head of Strategy and International Management at the Department of Business Administration, Guilford Glazer Faculty of Business and Management at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. She graduated from the Department of Anthropology at Temple University, USA. Her current research focuses on global teams, knowledge transfer in multi-nationals; intercultural communication in business, and New Age and spirituality in organizations.