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Pollard Fellowship Presentations
Often there is a gap between the work of academic business scholars and business practice. The Bill Pollard Faith & Business Research Fellowship was developed to help bridge this gap. In the summer of 2019, selected scholars came to Seattle Pacific University for a short residency, during which they drew on the Pollard papers and other resources in SPU’s Work and Faith Collection to develop new research on an aspect of the papers related to the interest of the scholar. By studying these writings, scholars engaged with the business practices of the ServiceMaster Company. Their research is aimed at filling in the gap, looking at business practices through the lens of a scholar.

The two “best paper” winners from the Pollard Fellowship 2019 were Dr. Helen Chung and Dr. Marcus Brauer. They will introduce their papers at this event and have a dialogue about their findings.

Dr. Chung studied the ServiceMaster practices of servant leadership and brought in the academic literature of this field. In her paper, “Servant Leadership at ServiceMaster: A Commitment to Love, Development, and Diversity,” she discusses the firm’s practices in light of current workplace priorities around diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Brauer studied the ways in which ServiceMaster leaders integrated Christian faith into their leadership practices. In his paper, “Workplace Spirituality and the Tension Between Profit and People: the ServiceMaster Case,” he discusses the literature in workplace spirituality.

Oct 27, 2020 01:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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