Blessed Are Those Who Ask the Questions

Edited by:
J. Goosby Smith, The Citadel

A volume in the series: Contemporary Perspectives in Management Spirituality and Religion. Editor(s): J. Goosby Smith, The Citadel.

Today’s organizational environment is characterized by high levels of cross-cultural, cross-national, and cross-religious communication, cultural exchange, and commerce. This environment produces myriad encounters between individuals who embrace different ideologies, religions and spiritual practices. As such, unanswered (and even unasked) questions about management, spirituality, and religion abound. This book, the first in Information Age Publishing’s scholarly book series Contemporary Global Perspectives in Management, Spirituality, and Religion, seeks to advance our understanding of these and other related questions.


Blessed are those who ask the questions: What should we be asking about management, spirituality, and religion? is intended to be provocative in nature. Its chapters will address novel ways that leadership, organizations, and organizational stakeholders are mutually impacted by their differences in religious, spiritual, and ideological traditions, cultures, and practices. Interdisciplinary in nature and firmly grounded in scholarly literature, this book will identify and map out bold new trajectories for advancing the study of management spirituality, and religion (including but going far beyond Western, Christian conceptualizations of religion) throughout the world by identifying unexplored or unresolved issues and proposing new streams of research. Diverse conceptual, empirical, theoretical, and critical treatments that utilize a variety of research methods to push the boundaries of MSR research are encouraged.

Sample questions include:

What old, new, or emergent research methodologies should we be using to better understand management, spirituality, and religion?

What are the workplace implications of seldom-studied, under-studied, or ignored spiritual and religious practices and traditions around the world?

Are there futuristic perspectives on spirituality and religion? If so, how might they impact individuals, teams, organizations, industries, and nations?

What unquestioned assumptions guide our understanding thus far of MSR? Are they flawed? Should they be modified?

How should non-Islamic multinational enterprises in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia navigate the impacts of religion that may be exacerbated by “Saudisation?”

How do traditional/indigenous African or Aboriginal religions and spiritual practices manifest themselves within African or Australian workplaces, respectively?

How do religion/spirituality in African countries impact firm success/challenges/policies?

How does the African philosophy of Ubuntu manifest itself in African firms? Does this differ based upon local or international firm ownership?

How do indigenous peoples’ religious, spiritual traditions and beliefs contribute to or detract from their workplace success?

Do secular management interventions and theories work in religious/spiritual spaces?

Are there useful comparisons between how countries address issues of workplace religion and spirituality?

Chapter Submission:
Each chapter should be around 25-40 pages double-spaced, approx. 6000-8000 words (including references, appendices, tables, and figures), although longer manuscripts may also be acceptable in special cases. Please make your chapter’s driving question, literature streams, and expected intellectual contributions explicit in your proposal. All chapter submissions due to Editor by October 31, 2017. All chapters will undergo a peer review process and ALL submitters MUST participate in this review effort.

The proposal should cover as much essential detail of the chapter content as you can furnish at this initial stage. Proposals should be on one page (single-spaced, 12-point font). All Proposals should consist of the following: tentative chapter title, a brief abstract and a top level outline of the planned chapter. Please include a second page with a brief biographical summary and contact information, institutional affiliation of all authors, and a select list of relevant professional publications. Proposals should be sent as a single MS Word file of 2 pages to: using the subject line: “[Author last name] Blessed Chapter Proposal.”

Send Inquiries to: J. Goosby Smith at

Tentative Deadlines for Publication:
Chapter Proposals Due: October 31, 2017
Notification of Proposal Accep-tance: December 1, 2017
Submission of Full Book Chapter Due: April 30, 2018
Chapter Feedback Due: July 30, 2018
Final Version Due: September 30, 2018

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