Call for Papers – Christian Business Review

Next Issue Theme: “Glory to God … in the Workplace”

 

CBR invites Christian scholars and practitioners to submit articles for publication in our next issue. The deadline for a first complete draft with a 300 word abstract is March 1, 2019.

The CBR serves to promote the implementation of biblical truth into leadership practice by showcasing experiences, research, and original thinking by Christian scholars and practitioners. In the upcoming issue, we invite authors to ruminate on the theme of “Glory to God…in the Workplace.

In today’s marketplace, workers, managers, owners, entrepreneurs, etc. face new opportunities – and new challenges when considering the place of the Christian faith in the work environment. On the one hand, it is increasingly popular to discuss “spirituality” and faith in the workplace. On the other hand, in an increasingly litigious society, issues of faith and “religious” topics are often awkward and unwelcome by many people in workplace conversations. As we seek to understand what workplace practices glorify God, and which practices create contention, we invite your participation in the discussion.

In this issue of Christian Business Review, we are particularly interested in exploring practices that bring a grace and shalom to the workplace that is consistent with God’s kingdom mandate. In that light, we are calling for papers that examine anything from HR policies, leadership styles, and corporate cultures, to organizational growth strategies, pricing practices, and legal frameworks that reflect the modern context of “Workplace Practices that Glorify God.”

Alec Hill has given us a framework for what he calls “Just Business,” or business that glorifies God through holiness, justice, and love on the part of the practitioner.1 While these Godly characteristics are a critical part of the journey toward glorifying God in business, we need to understand better how these characteristics translate into specific workplace practices and policies.

Contributors might consider some of these questions:

  • If HRM often leans in the direction of legal compliance and SHRM standardization (with full recognition of the value of both), does HRM that glorifies God look differently?
  • What specific impacts will these changes have at the organizational level and how Christians should respond in terms of corporate culture and leadership or followership?
  • Is God inherently glorified in the pursuit of legal compliance?
  • Which workplace practices are most consistent with a Great Commission mandate, and simultaneously respectful of shalom and compliance in a pluralistic society?
  • Are certain corporate standards and policies in recruiting/hiring and compensation/benefit more consistent with biblical values/principles?
  • In what ways should Shalom affect the way businesses think about conflict resolutions, negotiation, and competitive strategies?

As always, the CBR seeks discussions that bear practical significance to the business professional. Therefore contributors are urged to relate any philosophical analyses to practicable ideas that benefit the practitioner.

If you are interested in contributing to the next issue of CBR, please refer to the “Publisher’s Guidelines” in the CBR (hbu.edu/cbrj) website for detailed instructions. You are also welcome to write to us directly at cbr@hbu.edu.

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