Extending the Conversation: A Network Analysis of Workplace Spirituality Associations

Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 11, 208-229

24 Pages Posted: 8 May 2016

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Monty Lynn

Abilene Christian University

David J. Burns

Xavier University

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

Examining academic networks provides insight into boundaries and boundary crossing as well as knowledge diffusion. We examine four academic networks focused on business, spirituality, and religion to identify network boundaries and boundary crossing. Scholars tend to align with networks consistent with the nature of their employing institution, both in its relative emphasis on research and its religious affiliation. Network and religious differences contribute to the relative isolation of research communities, despite shared topical interests and reliance on similar scholarly sources. The use of normative authorities may limit networking, but the relative absence of weak network links across networks may underestimate similarities. Increased boundary crossing may enhance innovation across networks.

Keywords: Social network theory, workplace spirituality, academic network, mutual nonprofit, boundary spanning

JEL Classification: A13, L31

Suggested Citation

Lynn, Monty and Burns, David J., Extending the Conversation: A Network Analysis of Workplace Spirituality Associations (2014). Journal of Management, Spirituality, and Religion, 11, 208-229, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2768842 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2768842

Monty Lynn (Contact Author)

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Abilene, TX 79699
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David J. Burns

Xavier University ( email )

Cincinnati, OH 45207
United States

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