Defining and Developing a Space for Business Scholarship in the Christian Academy

Richard J. Martinez

In this essay, Richard J. Martinez discusses several factors as they relate to the paucity of business scholarship in the Christian academy. As businesses and corporations represent a critical point of interaction for most humans, the value of a Christian analysis of the business domain cannot be overstated. And yet, no sustained, coherent Christian business scholarship (CBS) agenda exists. It is suggested that CBS has suffered from many barriers, including lack of common definition, inability to delve deeply into issues of theology and philosophy, scarcity of appropriate publication outlets, disincentives for pursuing CBS, and the compartmentalization tendency of Christian academics. The paper ends with a call for Christian academicians to overcome these barriers. Mr. Martinez is Assistant Professor of Management at Baylor University.

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