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BRUGGER, Tobias  and  KRETZSCHMAR, Louise. Integrating Christian living and international management. Koers (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.80, n.1, pp. 1-9. ISSN 0023-270X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/koers.v80i1.2206.

This article investigates how Christian living and international management practice can be integrated. We argue that dualistic and reductionist conceptions of the relationship of faith and work can be observed in international management theory, and in some Christian-theological approaches to business ethics. Similarly, a separation between faith and work is adopted by certain management practitioners. However, such dualistic and reductionist conceptions are inadequate in the light of actual practice of international management. A case study revealed that international management theory and practitioners can be critiqued because of a lack of consideration of the connection between faith and management practice. A re-thinking of international management practice without the artificial separation of faith and practice is needed. This requires the development of a non-dualistic approach to Christian living and a combination of conceptual and empirical research to explore actual practice in international management contexts.

Keywords : Christian living; international management practice; separation between faith and work; non-dualistic approach to Christian living.

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