Call for Papers

 Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion


As a member of the Editorial Board, I encourage researchers to submit their papers to the Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion (JMSR).

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.


Deadline: 15 June, 2021 (Expected publication: early 2022)

Imagination and organizational lives:
Exploring the liminality of the human experience

“[When] we lose our faith in human possibility, our imagination shrinks, we dare not hope, and we leave our neighbours languishing in mental hospitals and substandard housing, in stifling cities and classrooms with a pall of death over them. Social projects get ignited from images of their possibility.”

(Ulanov and Ulanov, 2008, p.8)

In this special issue of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, we invite conversations on the significance of imagination as an essential human need and as an essential human capability. This need and capability, we argue, enable individuals to shape and understand their experiences in work organizations as well as social communities.

Imagination defines human possibility more than the qualities of reason and logic. It provides ways to regenerate our ethical engagements and to re-instil much-needed spiritual meaning when organizations and institutions fail to serve humanity. When the imagination is present and engaged, boundaries shift and thresholds appear, opening a space for individuals to meet with one another in different ways.

This liminal “in-between” quality of the imagination makes it a precious, yet under-researched and possibly under-appreciated, resource for the development of soulful, dynamic, nurturing and resilient organizations and organizational members.

We encourage researchers and practitioners to share their imaginative explorations of what it means to be human in the context of organizations. We seek to engage with the richness and diversity of imagination to help organizations understand complex realities and transcend what may be perceived as limitations. We especially invite contributions that situate, explore, and/or discuss the following:

  1. How imagination is experienced and manifested in organizations and social communities.
  2. How imagination contributes to our understanding of ourselves and of our lives as organizational agents and as social change agents.
  3. How imagination informs reflections on spiritual aspects of management and leadership.
  4. How imaginative stories are expressed and manifested in organizations and/or communities, and what role they play in these contexts.

We welcome manuscripts that explore the imagination in a variety of formats, including creative writing, poetry, visual arts, embodied practice, sonic and musical performances, improvisation and more. We encourage submissions that reflect on practice as well as concepts.

Submission process
Full manuscripts (between 6,000 and 9,000 words, references in APA style) prepared in accordance with the manuscript guidelines of the Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion must be submitted by June 15th, 2021. The full manuscripts will undergo a blind peer review process. We expect the Special Issue to be published in early 2022. Further guidance on how to submit your manuscript on the IgnitEd platform is enclosed. Please email the guest-editors Dr. Cécile Rozuel ( and Dr. Lauren Michelle Levesque ( for any questions regarding the Special Issue.