Call for Papers – Christian Business Review

Next Issue Theme: “Entrepreneurship and the Christian Marketplace”

CBR invites Christian scholars and practitioners to submit articles for publication in our next issue. The deadline for a first complete draft with a 300-word abstract is March 1, 2023.

The CBR serves to promote the integration of biblical truth into leadership practice by showcasing experiences, research, and original thinking by Christian scholars and practitioners. In the upcoming issue, we invite authors to ruminate on the theme of “Entrepreneurship and the Christian Marketplace.

From Joseph Schumpeter to Peter Drucker,1 the subject of entrepreneurship has gone through serious academic and vocational scrutiny as a human enterprise. In the last few decades entrepreneurship has exploded in its presence in market influence, academic interest, and university programming Aided by unprecedented technological advance, human innovation has accelerated to the point that entrepreneurial progress now outpaces societies’ ability to comfortably adapt to innovative evolution.2 If entrepreneurship springs forth from the three-legged stool of innovation, problem-solving, and value creation, we will do well to explore each of these activities in terms of their impact on the realms of ministries, biblical ethics, and human flourishing in the context of the marketplace.

As market, corporate, product, and technological innovation have become increasingly important to business success, Christian business thinkers and practitioners might want to weigh in on the values and contributions of a biblical worldview in the entrepreneurial endeavor. After all, significant components of the entrepreneurial capacity, such as innovativeness, knowledge, discipline, and discernment are also hallmarks of the spiritual being as he/she undergoes the born-again transformation process. A “Christian Model” of entrepreneurship,3 if it exists, must also be refreshed and harnessed for maximum impact in today’s fast-evolving and spiritually challenging cultural and market environments.

Scholars interested in exploring this theme might want to consider these questions, among others:

  • What biblical principles can entrepreneurs leverage to innovate and sustain enterprises that contribute to human flourishing?
  • What business opportunities are being created through contemporary forces that believers in the marketplace might exploit to gain competitiveness and effect witnessing?
  • What does it mean to create value as businesspeople who are created in the image of God?
  • Are we called to solve different problems – or the same problems in different ways – as our secular colleagues? That is, does our entrepreneurial effort have a different focus, especially in light of the major cultural tides into which we are being swept up?
  • How do the societal, cultural, and demographic trends of the 2020’s create opportunities to share the gospel through business in innovative ways? What is marketplace gospel entrepreneurship?
  • How might innovation and entrepreneurship efforts take advantage of market instabilities to create new marketplace ministry opportunities?
  • Are there such things as distinctive traits of a Christian entrepreneur? Is there empirical support for a “Christian model” of entrepreneurship?

Please submit your manuscript in accordance with the CBR publishers’ guidelines by emailing it to cbr@hbu.edu and/or eliang@hbu.edu. Thank you for your interest.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Blessings,

The Editors
Christian Business Review


[1] See Joseph A. Schumpeter, Theory of Economic Development (Harvard University Press, 1949) and Peter Drucker, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Harper Business, 2006).

[2] Thomas L. Friedman, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2016).

[3] Richard J. Goosen, “Entrepreneurship and the Meaning of Life,” Journal of Biblical Integration in Business, 10(1), 2004, 21-74.