While spirituality and religion in work (SRW) as an inquiry field has been gaining interest in the popular press, it has only recently been recognized by the academic community. Consequently, its relevance to important research and its legitimacy in contributing scholarly work is not ensured. Part of the problem is that many SRW concepts resist being tested with “approved” positivist research models. This paper explores the tension between relevance and legitimacy, focusing on research methods, models, and traditions that may serve both well. It suggests that many methodologies and traditions that support such work already exist. It discusses some of these methods and offers operational blueprints for alternative forms of excellent research. It argues that combining such methodological underpinnings with experimental models and new forms of data representation allows for scholarly work to emerge, thus facilitating SRW's desire to stay true to important research questions while respecting sound research traditions.
Lund Dean, K., Fornaciari, C.J. and McGee, J.J. (2003), "Research in spirituality, religion, and work: Walking the line between relevance and legitimacy", Journal of Organizational Change Management, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 378-395. https://doi.org/10.1108/09534810310484145Download as .RIS
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