CaptureCORHIS Laboratory, Saint Charles site, Rue du professeur Henri Serre, 34080 Montpellier, France

In 2016, a thematic research group of the French academic Association of Human Resource Management (AGRH) was established to promote research in the field of Management and Spirituality, . Friday, June 28th and Saturday, June 29th 2019 the University Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3 with the support of the AGRH, is organizing a two-day research colloquium on the theme « Spirituality, Development, Transformation » at the University Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3.

Spirituality is an attractor bringing academics and professionals in search of meaning to rethink their perspectives and productions. Workplace Spirituality is considered « the recognition that people have an inner life that nourishes and is nourished by meaningful work that takes place in a context of community… » (Ashmos & Duchon, 2000: 137). Spirituality is a relational ideopraxis centered on a spiritual presence that unifies; enables to find harmony through the integration of the different aspects of oneself; orients by allowing to create meaning, to find one’s place, what one is called to in life; and to connect with ultimate concerns, values and meaning (Tackney & al. 2017); mobilizes all aspects of life thus enabling self-realization, one’s aspirations and potential, with intensity and joy (Duyck & al 2017).

Literature has steadily developed in this area (Cash & Gray, 2000; Giacalone & Jurkiewicz, 2003; Giacalone & Jurkiewicz, 2004; Karakas, 2009; Benefiel & al., 2014; Tischler & Al, 2007) showing that Spirituality is likely to influence areas as diverse as consumer behavior and experience (Moal-Ulvoas, 2014; Poulain & al., 2013), to increase well-being at work and performance in business (Duyck & Mhenaoui, 2013) and to inspire new forms of leadership (Pauchant, 2005; Voynnet Fourboul, 2012; Plane, 2015). The scope of literature on Workplace Spirituality covers different aspects of management research: organizational theory, leadership, human resources management, marketing, ethics and governance.

In this context, we invite you to work comprehensively as well as critically on the question of personal and organizational development and transformation in management situations. How can the consideration of « spirituality management » in processes promote the development and transformation of individuals and organizations, and/or conversely constitute a limit or even an impediment to this dual transformation? In today’s world, questions on individuals’ and organizations’ development as well as their transformation call for a number of questions.

The Montpellier colloquium invites researchers and professionals to invest this theme from a theoretical, experiential or practical angle, without limiting themselves to the following questions:

– To what extent and in what ways can a spiritual path influence individuals’ development? How to identify and track progress? What are the different possible steps towards a form of personal flourishing? How to apprehend the notion of time in such a process?

– What triggers spirituality (operating in various disciplines: philosophy, religion, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy), manifested at the individual or organizational levels?

– What are the spiritual needs of an individual at each stage of his/her spiritual development? How to respond to these, according on whether s/he is considered as a consumer, an associate or a leader?

– How can the consideration of consumers’ or employees’ spiritual needs help marketing or management express their societal dimensions and engage with them?

– What contemporary managerial practices are mobilized within organizations (mindfulness, meditation …)? What effects do these generate in terms of development and transformation? Are their foundations actually rooted in spirituality? Do they invite consumers, employees, leaders or organizations to transform themselves?

– How can consumption and work create meaning and how can we identify the periods of a consumer’s or an employee’s life conducive to the quest for meaning and spiritual engagement?

– How and to what extent does the context of hypermodernity influence different spiritual approaches? How do they reflect on organizational management? What could be the impact of spiritual leadership on the human dimension of organizations? To what extent would spiritual development of individuals and organizational development be compatible?

– How can spirituality influence the creativity of individuals, teams and organizations?

– What are (and will be) the impact and effects of artificial intelligence on spirituality management?

– Does, and will, the development of « transhumanism » challenge different approaches to spirituality?

– Are there risks or potential impostures resulting from lack of incarnation that spirituality enables to overcome?

– Spirituality and prospective: what about the person of the future?

Selective References

Ashmos, D.P. and Duchon, D. (2000). Spirituality at Work: A Conceptualization and Measure, Journal of Management Inquiry, 9 (2), p.134-145

Benefiel, M., Fry, L.W. and Geigle, D., (2014). Spirituality and religion in the workplace: History, theory, and research. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 6 (3), p.175.

Camus S. and Poulain M. (2008), Spirituality: emergence of a trend in consumption, Revue Management et Avenir, 5 (19), p.72-90.

Cash, K.C. and Gray, G.R., (2000). A framework for accommodating religion and spirituality in the workplace. The Academy of Management Executive, 14 (3), pp.124-133.

Duyck, J.Y. and Mhenaoui, I. (2013), Spirituality and Enterprise, Interdisciplinary Review Management and Humanism in Business, No. 8, pp. 57-70.

Duyck J.-Y., Moal-Ulvoas, G., Voynnet Fourboul C. (2017), Management and Spirituality, Ed EMS.

Giacalone, R.A. and Jurkiewicz, C.L., (2003). Toward a science of workplace spirituality. Handbook of workplace spirituality and organizational performance, pp.3-28.

Jurkiewicz, C.L. and Giacalone, R.A., (2004). A values ​​framework for measuring the impact of workplace spirituality on organizational performance. Journal of Business Ethics, 49 (2), pp.129-142.

Karakas, F. (2009). Spirituality and Performance in Organizations: A Literature Review, Journal of Business Ethics, 94, pp.89-106

Moal-Ulvoas, G. (2014), Retirees’ Motivations to Travel: The Influence of Aging Studied Through the Gerotranscendance Theory, Marketing Decisions, 76, 29-45.

Noguera F., Plane J-M. (2016), Leadership. Research and practice, Paris, Vuibert.

Pauchant, T.C. (2005) Integral leadership: a research proposal, Journal of Organizational Change Management. Bradford. Flight. 18, No. 3; pg. 211-230.

Plane J-M. (2015), Theory of Leadership. Classical and contemporary models, Paris, Dunod.

Poulain, M., Badot, O. and Camus, S. (2013), Spirituality in the shopping experience: theoretical framework and empirical exploration, Interdisciplinary Review Management and Humanism in Business, n ° 8, pp. 40-56.

Tackney, C., Chappell, S., Harris, D., Pavlovich, Egel, E., Major, R., Finney, M. and Stoner, J. (2017) Management, Spirituality, and Religion (MSR) ways and means: a paper to encourage quality research, Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion, 14:3, pp. 245-254.

Tischler, L., Biberman, J., & Altman, Y. (2007). Model for Researching about Spirituality in Organizations. Business Renaissance Quarterly, 2 (2), 23-39.

Voynnet Fourboul C. (2012), The spirituality of leaders in leadership transition, Management & Avenir, vol.48, 16p.

Format of communication projects and important dates


Official languages: French and English

Communication project and intentions submission standards for management research


The communication intentions must include the name(s) of the author(s), their institutional affiliation and the coordinates of the corresponding author, a title, 4 or 5 key words, a summary of 2000 characters including spaces specifying the subject, the problematic, the theoretical framework, the adopted methodology, the outline of some expected results as well as the selective references in support of the communication project. Papers should be original and not submitted to another symposium or be reviewed by a journal.

Communication project and intentions submission standards for management practitioners

The symposium or poster format can be selected for professionals.



Deadline for submission of intentions: February 28th, 2019

Deadline for submission of communications: February 28th, 2019

Notification to Authors: March 28th 2019

Sending of articles with requested corrections: April 15th 2019

Registration for the colloquium from April 10th 2019 to June 20th 2019

Research colloquium: 28th and 29th of June 2019 in Montpellier


Colloquium address: University Paul-Valéry – Montpellier 3, Laboratory CORHIS, site Saint Charles, Rue du professeur Henri Serre, 34080 Montpellier, France


Academic or Executive  : 180 euros

Student or Emeritus : 80 euros

Academic outside of France : 130 euros

Communication submission standards


Papers should be anonymous.

Maximum number of characters: 45,000 spaces included.

Margins: 1” (2.5 cm) on all sides

Interline: simple

Body of text: Times New Roman 12, spacing before 6pt and after 0pt, justified.

Title 1: Times New Roman 14, bold, small caps, spacing before and after 12 pt, centered.

Subtitles: 3 levels maximum, numbered (1. 1.1, 1.1.1)

Title 2: Times New Roman 14, bold, spacing before and after 12pt, left alignment.

Title 3: Times New Roman 13, bold and italic, spacing before and after 6pt, left alignment.

Title 4: Times New Roman 12, italic, spacing before and after 6pt, left alignment.

References in text: (Paillé et Mucchielli, 2012)

Bibliography: Include all references in alphabetical order.


Paillé P., Mucchielli A. (2012), L’analyse qualitative en sciences humaines et sociales, Paris, Armand Colin.

Articles in journals, congress or edited book:

DiMaggio P.J., W. Powell (1983), « The iron cage revisited: institutional isomorphism and collective rationality in organizational fields », American Sociological Review, vol. 48, p. 147-160.

Question de Management


Selected articles will be submitted to the editorial board of the journal Question de Management for publication in a special issue. The production of an edited collective book in the AGRH research collection, published by Vuibert is also being investigated.




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Organizing committee


Michelle DUPORT, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3

Richard J. MAJOR, Institute of Social Management (IGS) Paris

Florence NOGUERA, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Jean-Michel PLANE, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Hayat SBAI, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Catherine VOYNNET-FOURBOUL, University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2

Scientific Committee (provisional)


Alain AKANNI, UCAD, Dakar, Senegal

Augustin ANASSE, University of Bouaké, Ivory Coast

Olivier BADOT, University of Caen, ESCP

Boubacar BAIDARI, CESAG, Senegal

Zié BALLO, Félix Houphouët Boigny University, Ivory Coast

Isabelle BARTH, EM Strasbourg, France

Adda BENSLIMANE, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3, Dean of Faculty

Ch-Henri BESSEYRE HORTS, HEC Paris, France

Dominique BESSON, IAE Lille, France

Nadedjo BIGOU-LARE, University of Lome, FASEG, Togo

Charles BIRREGAH, ESA, Lome, Togo

Yann BISIOU, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Alain BRIOLE, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Marc BONNET, IAE, University Lyon 3, France

Isabelle BORIES-AZEAU, University Montpellier, France

Alain BRIOLE Alain, University Montpellier 3, France


Jean-François CASTA, Paris Dauphine University

Marie-C. CHALUS-SAUVANNET, IAE University Lyon 3

Véronique CHANUT, University Pantheon Assas Paris 2

Pascal CHEVALIER, University of Montpellier 3, France

Nathalie COMMEIRAS, University of Montpellier, IAE, France

Marc DEDEIRE, University Montpellier 3, France

Miguel DELATTRE, IAE University Lyon 3, France

Laurence DREYFUSS, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Pierre-Louis DUBOIS, University of Montpellier, France

Muriel DUFOUR, University of Quebec in Outaouais, Quebec, Canada

Carole DRUCKER-GODARD, Paris Nanterre University

Michelle DUPORT, University Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3

Jean-Jacques EKOMIÉ, U. of Libreville, Gabon

Muriel FABREGUES, University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2

Soufyane FRIMOUSSE, University of Corsica, IAE

Léandre GBAGUIDI, University of Parakou, Benin

Bénédicte GENDRON, University Montpellier 3

Mathilde GOLLETY, University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2

Aissa HIRECHE, King Faysal University, Saudi Arabia

Lionel HONORE, University of French Polynesia

Jacques IGALENS, University Toulouse 1, IAE

Luc JANICOT, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Cyrille FERRATON, Paul Valéry Montpellier 3

Fatiha FORT, Supagro Montpellier

Judit GLIDJA, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin

Birahim Gueye, U. Gaston Berger, Senegal

Emmanuel HONKOU, University of Abomey Calavi, Benin

Emmanuel KAMDEM, U. of Dschang, Cameroon

Georges KOBOU, U. of Yaoundé II, Cameroon

Zino KHELFAOUI, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Virginie LECOURT, ICP and HEC Montréal, Canada

Quentin LEFEVRE, University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2

Alice LEFLANCHEC, U. Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne

Anne LOUBES, U. of Montpellier, IAE

Jean-Paul MAMBOUMDOU, Institute of Management Sciences, Libreville, Gabon

Florian MANTIONE, IMF, Montpellier

Karim MESSEGHEM Karim, Montpellier University

Gérald NARO Gerald, Montpellier University

Ruphin NDJAMBOU, Institute of Management Sciences, Libreville, Gabon

Hervé NDOUME, Institute of Management Sciences, Libreville, Gabon

Richard J. MAJOR, Institute of Social Management (IGS), Paris

Antoine MASINGUE, University of Valenciennes, IAE

Gaëlle MOAL-ULVOAS, Brest Business School

Raphaël NKAKLEU, University of Douala, ESSEC, Cameroon

Florence NOGUERA, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Fabien OKOUE-METOGO, Sup. of Com. / University Libreville, Gabon

Jean-Bernard PATURET, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Thierry C. PAUCHANT, HEC Montréal, Canada

Roland PEREZ, Montpellier University

Jean-Marie PERETTI, ESSEC, Paris

Catherine PEYROUX, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Benoit PIGET, Besançon University, France

Natacha PIJOAN, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Jean-Michel PLANE, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Nicolas PRAQUIN, University Paris-Sud (Sceaux IUT)

Sébastien POINT, Strasbourg School of Management

Madina RIVAL, CNAM, Paris

Henri SAVALL, University Jean Moulin Lyon 3, IAE

Aline SCOUARNEC, University of Caen

Alexandre STEYER, University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne

Jean-Paul TCHANKAM, Kedge Business School, Bordeaux

Aline SCOUARNEC, Caen University

Bertrand SOGBOSSI BOCCO, University of Parakou, Benin

Eric STEPHANY, Montpellier University, IAE

Bassirou TIDJANI, UCAD, Dakar, Senegal

Boris TRONC, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Odile UZAN, Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3

Catherine VOYNNET-FOURBOUL, University Panthéon-Assas Paris 2

El Bachir WADE, UCAD, Dakar, Senegal

Zahir YANAT, Kedge Business School, Bordeaux

Véronique ZARDET, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, IAE

Félix ZOGNING, U. of Quebec in Outaouais, Quebec, Canada

Publié par Catherine VOYNNET FOURBOUL

Maïtre de conférences Université Panthéon Assas Paris II, Directrice Master Executive du CIFFOP, habilitée à diriger les recherches, copilote du Groupe de Recherche Thématique Management & Spiritualité de l'AGRH

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