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The Annual Research Roundtables focus on “Continue the Mission” to reflect the School of Business & Leadership's commitment to Regent University’s mission of “Christian Leadership to Change the World.”

2022 Annual Research Roundtables

Continue the Mission

September 9-10, 2022

The theme for this year’s Research Roundtables is “Continue the Mission” reflecting our commitment to Regent University’s mission of “Christian Leadership to Change the World.” The virtual Research Roundtables will have both pre-recorded and live sessions. The Regent University School of Business & Leadership invites you to virtually attend and present your research, papers, concept discussions, and a book or article review.

Registration Deadlines:

  • Presenters: August 5, 2022
  • Attendees: September 7, 2022

Cost: $150 (Presenters and Attendees)

Location: Virtual

Please contact Rebecca Morgan at rebemo1@regent.edu should you have any questions.

Call for Abstracts Deadline: July 22, 2022

Submission Guidelines

Multiple proposals may be submitted. Proposals should be 500 words written in APA, MLA, or Turabian style and submitted to the appropriate roundtable chair.

Notification of Acceptance: July 29, 2022

All accepted proposals will be notified via email by the individual roundtable chair.

BIBLICAL
PERSPECTIVES

Biblical Perspectives of Spirituality in Organizational Leadership

This essential topic has implications for both sacred and secular organizations. Scholarly manuscripts that research biblical and ecclesial perspectives of organizational spirituality are welcomed. We invite scholars of all Christian faith traditions to respectfully engage the field of knowledge and understanding of organizational spirituality as found within Scripture. We encourage research exploring topics including, but not limited to: (a) organizational spirituality in the early church; (b) purpose and meaning in the workplace; (c) New Testament perspectives of spirituality in leadership; (d) job satisfaction and burnout in ecclesial, faith-based, or non-profit organizations; and (e) contemporary implications for biblical research of organizational spirituality. We also encourage innovative manuscripts addressing matters relating to the impact of 2020 on organizational life.

Chair: Dr. Joshua Henson

Submit Proposals to: joshhen@regent.edu

GLOBAL
CONSULTING

Engage! 

The consulting world is filled with concrete recommendations and great information, and yet challenges can find us all. The idea of engaging well resonates in a world where we engage frequently—virtual and face-to-face, and we often find ourselves over or under engaged. This year’s Global Consulting Research Roundtable seeks to foster ideas on effective engagement in a consulting world—how do we engage clients in an ever-increasing virtual landscape, where recommendations and options still need to remain vibrant and comprehensive. Lack of engagement has ushered in new concerns such as the Great Resignation with people questioning their fit and purpose, while effective engagement fosters solutions to build healthier people, cultures, organizations, and communities. 

Chair: Dr. Bruce Winston

Submit Proposals to: brucwin@regent.edu

HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

HRD from the Edges 

Human Resource Development is focused on developing the most important resources of an organization—the people. This Roundtable will explore concepts concerning HRD from the Edges, meaning from underrepresented voices, perspectives, and viewpoints, especially a biblical viewpoint. We welcome submissions that address HRD such as adult learning practices in organizations, being a learning organization, self-directed learning, organizational development, and other HRD relevant topics. Speakers are welcome to submit a paper and presentation slides. All presenters will record their presentation for the Roundtable.

Chair: Dr. William Winner

Submit Proposals to: willwin@regent.edu

KINGDOM
BUSINESS

Business by the Stomach, Head, or Heart

Stomach, Head, and Heart are metaphors related to a biblical perspective on how people live. Living by the Stomach (or the flesh) implies unbridled pursuit of canal desires. Living by the Head implies legalistic adherence to the “letter” of God’s moral laws without embodying the intent (or spirit) of those laws. Living by the Heart (or spirit) implies internalizing the intent of God’s moral laws and sacrificing your own interests to achieve God’s interests.

Over centuries, Christianity has influenced the conduct of business by introducing biblical principles in business (Head) to replace thinking and behavior driven primarily by the flesh (Stomach). But “Business by the Head” is a far cry from God’s plan of business that models the kingdom of God (Heart). God remakes our hearts through the Holy Spirit. How can a spirit-led believer participate in God’s transformation of businesses from Stomach to Head to Heart? What are the implications for society of business operating by each of those models?     

Contributors to this session should explore some aspect of the Stomach, Head, Heart metaphors as they apply to business. Possible topics include:

  • Matthew chapters 5-7 as a model for doing business by the heart (spirit).
  • 1 Cor 2:14-16 says that the person without the spirit cannot understand the things of the spirit because they are discerned only through the spirit. Does this imply that only believers walking in the spirit can discern the ways of the spirit in business?
  • How can believers walking in the spirit bring kingdom understanding and practice to those who aren’t walking in the spirit?   
  • Compare and contrast biblical models of Stomach, Head, and Heart as they apply to business. Broad, but not deep, coverage of business to highlight differences in the models.
  • Compare and contrast biblical models of Stomach, Head, and Heart as they apply to a specific function or aspect of business, such as leadership, management, marketing, finance, operations, human resources, strategy, competition, etc. 
  • Evaluate existing business practices and/or businesses according to the metaphors. That is, how much of business is done by the Stomach? By the Head? By the Heart?
  • One might expect that strong commitment to Jesus by a significant fraction of the population (as measured by Barna, Gallop, etc.) would correlate positively with the depth and extent of business by the heart. What does the data say?
  • Case study of a business, especially one that seems to be operating according to the Heart (spirit).
  • Spiritual Capital. What is it? How is it accumulated (or depleted) in a business? In a nation? Does business by the Head (biblical principles) build spiritual capital, or only business by the Heart (spirit of God)?

Chair: Dr. John Mulford

Submit Proposals to: johnmul@regent.edu

PROFESSIONAL
COACHING

An Advancing Profession: Teams, Trends, and Technology in Coaching

The intentionality of continuing the 2021 Professional Coaching Roundtable theme opens the door wide for the expected variety of papers, presentations and cases. Team coaching is expanding globally. The trends include executives, non-profit leaders, individuals in every generation, and church leaders, utilizing coaching to strengthen their leadership. Technology is an expanding tool for connecting with clients and supporting individual change. What models are being used and developed? What is happening to the best practices of coaching? How are professional coaches adapting to meet client needs? How are organizations using coaching to strengthen leaders? How is coaching expanding globally? Perspectives and topics abound in consideration of “An Advancing Profession!”

Chair: Dr. Diane Wiater

Submit Proposals to: dianwia@regent.edu

SERVANT
LEADERSHIP

Momentum! 

The world, as it seems, is opening up again after an extended period of slow movement due to the global pandemic and while some experienced this slow movement, others were full throttle—we have seen the Great Resignation and more!, during this season. And while some doors are fully open, some are slowly opening by testing the waters, while others are hesitant to fully engage—and yet the world does seem to be reemerging. In this reemergence we are seeing some new trends, hybrid work models, continued resignations, entrepreneurial endeavors, mental health concerns, calls for effective leadership and followership, and more!

Both leaders and followers are seeking the full engagement of one another and a new momentum to get and keep going! Servant leadership offers new perspectives and hope for this new age we find ourselves in, and this year’s Servant Leadership Research Roundtable offers insightful perspectives into how to get, gain, and maintain momentum.

Chair: Dr. Kathleen Patterson

Submit Proposals to: kathpat@regent.edu

STRATEGIC
FORESIGHT

Transforming the Turbulence

The extraordinary turbulence of 2020 through 2022 continues to expose unprecedented opportunities to transform our critical infrastructure sectors (communications, defense, education, energy, financial, food, government, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, water, etc.). Now more than ever before we need a tactical roadmap to take us from our current state to a more desired future state. This Roundtable takes a deep dive into sector change opportunities and highlights Strategic Foresight methodologies to significantly enhance our ability to anticipate and design sector transformation. Our goal is to provide insights into how to better prepare for the future by exploring the forces behind recent shifts, emerging trends, and the techniques to alleviate areas of instability.  

Chair: Dr. Virginia Richardson

Submit Proposals to: virgric@regent.edu

TRANSFORMATIVE
INNOVATION

Continuing to Innovate After a Crisis

As we look to continue the mission of “Christian Leadership to Change the World” we want to research, evaluate, and discuss how we can encourage transformative innovation after the challenge of a crisis in our organizations has subsided. As the world and, more specifically, individual organizations look to move on from issues such as pandemics, accidents, or natural disasters, how do we decide which innovative ideas borne from such crises should be capitalized upon to ensure future success? In this Roundtable, we will focus on the personal and organizational skills that make innovation beneficial to private and public enterprises. Speakers are welcome to submit papers, conceptual talks, and oral book reviews, all at the intersection of innovation and the Christian faith.

Chair: Dr. Steve Firestone

Submit Proposals to: sfirestone@regent.edu