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Faith and Work

Christian Perspectives, Research and Insights. Vol. II

Edited by:
Timothy Ewest, Houston Baptist University

A volume in the series: Advances in Workplace Spirituality: Theory, Research and Application. Editor(s): Louis W. Fry, Texas A&M University Central Texas.

Call for Chapters

The continued presence and growth of religion within the global community (Stark, 2015), resists the notion that religion is to be usurped by the secular or disenfranchised through secularism (Casanova, 2009). Instead, contemporary scholarship emerging from an array of academic disciplines, continues to support religions’ presence and impact on individuals, organizations and society. For example, the last two centuries offer an array of scholarship which understands religion to be formative for personal identity (Emmons, 2003), instrumental in coping with suffering (Pargament, 2001), an iterative force in social construction (Giddens, 1986; Norris and Inglehart, 2011), dynamic in its historical perception (Taylor2008) and having an ever present role in culture, politics and society (Wuthnow, 2020).

However, the role of religion in workplace is still resisted by some scholars of note in the Academy of Management. For example, Mitroff (2003) personally states, “I still believe that formal, organized religion has very little, if any, role to play in the workplace” (p. 378). Yet, scholarship regarding the impacts of religion on societal, organizational and individual life continues to grow, carrying on the long standing research tradition of Weber (1095/2013). Scholarship has explored connections and manifestations of the world’s religions within the workplace; for example, Islam (Sloane-White, 2017), Buddhism (Rooney & Qiu, 2019), Hinduism (Srilalitha & Supriya, 2019) and Judaism (Dunn & Jensen, 2018) – to name only a few. Within Christianity, examples of research considerations within Catholic traditions, beliefs and practices which undergird workplace practices have been given ample consideration (Nolan, 2006; Melé, 2011) and alternatively examples of Protestant beliefs and practices within the workplace continues to grow (Miller, 2007; Lambert III, 2009; Buszka & Ewest, 2019).

This call for chapters endeavors to continue the work of the first volume of Faith and Work, Christian Perspectives, published in 2018 (Ewest). The first volume considered Christian perspectives, research and insights into the faith and work movement, delimitating research into one of three areas: Individual, organizational and societal dimensions. The first volume contained scholarship from nationally and internationally recognized scholars whose research understood and demonstrated the importance of the connections between the Christian faith and the workplace. The scholarship presented in this first volume was considered cross disciplinary, being presented at the Cultural Study Association (CSA) Conference held at Carnegie Mellon University, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) conference held in St. Louis, Missouri and also at the 2019 Academy of Management, Boston, MA. The first book has also enjoyed use in masters and doctoral programs as a supplemental reader.

The proposed second volume continues to use the same structure of the first volume, delineating research which pertains to individual, organizational and societal perspectives regarding the integration of the Christian faith into the workplace. A broad range of research will be considered including both quantitative and qualitative, theoretical perspectives and tradition based insights into the integration of the Christian Faith into the workplace. Upon submission researchers will be asked to identify which dimension, individual, organizational or societal their research best aligns with, individual, organizational or societal.

Schedule for publication of the book:
*Book chapter proposals received: September 1st, 2020.
*Notification of accepted chapter proposals: November 1st, 2020.
*Receipt of full book chapters: January 1st, 2021
*Editorial feedback revision feedback: February 1st, 2021.
*Receipt by editor of final draft of book chapters: May 1st, 2021.
*Book delivered to the publisher June 30th, 2021.
*Anticipated publication: September1stst,2021.

Please submit an extended Abstract (1000 words) to tewest@hbu.edu by September 1st, 2020. Final chapters will be expected to be revised and submitted by May 1st, 2021 for publication with Information Age Publication. Final submitted chapters are intended to be between 4,500 and 6000 words, manuscripts must be original and not previously published and formatted in APA style and/or consistent with Information Age Publication guidelines.

Final selection of chapters retained will be determined by editorial purview. Each submission must also include a separate file containing a brief biography covering your current institutional affiliation and position, a listing of your relevant publications, your educational background and any other pertinent information on your qualifications for contributing to this edited volume.

Send proposals and inquiries to:
Dr. Timothy Ewest
Associate Professor of Management, Director of M.B.A., Houston Baptist University.
Visiting Research Scholar, Institute for Faith, Work and Economics.
7502 Fondren Rd,
Houston, TX 77074
Tel + 1 - 281-649-3325
tewest@hbu.edu

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