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Management and the Gospel

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PART I: INTRODUCTION Overview of this Book A Short Introduction to the Gospel of Luke Managers, Goods & Service Producing Organizations, and First-century Palestine PART II: PROBLEM RECOGNITION: HOW INTERPRETING LUKE VIA A FIRST-CENTURY MANAGEMENT LENS CHALLENGES THE CONVENTIONAL INTERPRETATIONS OF TWO KEY PARABLES A Three-dimensional First-century Lens for Understanding of Management Interpreting Luke's 'Parable of the Shrewd Manager' via a First Century Lens Interpreting Luke's 'Parable of the Ten Pounds' via a First Century Lens PART III: ACTION RESPONSE: PERFORMING A COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION OF PASSAGES IN LUKE RELATED TO EACH OF THE THREE-DIMENSIONS OF THE FIRST-CENTURY MANAGEMENT LENS Passages about Managing Relationships within Organizations Passages about Managing Money Passages about Managing Relationship between Organizations PART IV: NEW WAY OF SEEING: MANAGEMENT, THE KINGDOM OF GOD, SALVATION, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT The Kingdom of God is Enacted and Manifest in Organizational Settings Salvation is Facilitated when Organizations Save People from Oppression and Save People for Working in Liberating Structures and Systems Holy Spirit is Key to Salvific Kingdom of God Management PART V: INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE: A FOUR-PHASE 'HOW TO' PROCESS MODEL FOR PUTTING INTO PRACTICE MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES FOUND IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE A Four-phase Process Model Embedded in Luke's Journey Narrative Luke's Three 'Forward' Cycles through the Four-phase Process Model Luke's Three 'Reverse' Cycles through the Four-phase Process Model PART VI: IMPLICATIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY MANAGEMENT THEORY AND PRACTICE Managing Relationships within Organizations: Organization Structure, Motivation and Leadership Managing Money: Economics, Finance and Accounting Managing Relationships between Organizations: Strategy Concluding Thoughts References Appendix A: Background Regarding the Chiasm in Luke's Journey Narrative Appendix B: Usage of kurios [Lord] in Luke to describe God and Jesus

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Bruno Dyck is Professor in the Department of Business Administration in the I.H. Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba, Canada.


"This ambitious volume engages in an interdisciplinary dialogue between the Gospel of Luke and contemporary management theory. ... the volume is a welcome primer on how biblical studies can seek to interact with contemporary management theory." (Thomas E. Phillips, Religious Studies Review, Vol.42 (3), September, 2016) "Dyck advances the state of the art on the theology and spirituality of management by elaborating an integrative framework of New Testament theology, organizational behavior and business ethics in a scholarly, yet accessible, challenging and reader-friendly way. The book is replete with coherent and persuasive arguments on the relevance of Luke Gospel's tenets and principles to the secular world of contemporary rationalized organizations in their quest for inner meaning, purpose, new identities and above all, vision in turbulent times. . . . Provides an impetus for critical reflection on the responsibilities of organizations in modern times of a multilevel, as well as multifaceted and persistent crisis." - History of Economic Ideas "A remarkably interesting and insightful study . . . Dyck's book is a must-read for every business and management school in Anabaptist, Protestant, or Catholic-related institutions. It should also be read by Scripture scholars. He provides solid historical evidence for his claims and does not offer superficial remedies. Having begun the book with suspicions, I left it convinced that he has made an important contribution." - Direction: A Mennonite Brethren Forum "An excellent example of good Biblical integration . . . Valuable for management professors interested in teaching students what Jesus might say to present-day managers." - Christian Business Academy Review

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