Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The stated goal of the Journal of Multidisciplinary Research (JMR), begun in 2009 and published twice yearly by St. Thomas University, a Catholic university, is “to promote excellence in leadership practice by providing a venue for academics, students, and practitioners to publish current and significant empirical and conceptual research in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and other areas that tests, extends, or builds leadership theory.”
Refreshingly, the accent here is on ethical leadership (my italics); a recent editorial by Hagai Gringarten concludes: “Winston Churchill once said, ‘The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.’ I hope the JMR will help provide a venue for such endeavors and, in the process, develop ethical leaders for our global community.”
Each issue of the JMR includes an editorial, research articles, book reviews, and student articles (in a “Student Corner” section). Some issues include interviews and “reflection” papers, as well. The subject matter here ranges over a host of multi-disciplinary topics. Here are just a few: youth violence prevention, immigration laws and the stigmatization of minorities in the U.S., gender politics and social justice, male/female collaborations in research publication, the importance of recognizing and acknowledging cross-cultural values in business, possible adverse effects of using technology in business education (“lazy professor syndrome”), a study of how different globally-emerging economies have incorporated national human resource development as a means of improving their workforces and their economies, and a paper describing frameworks for strategies designed to minimize abusive financial advising tactics being practiced on the elderly.
One paper, entitled, “Perceptions of Exertive Pain, Attention Allocation, and Task Adherence in Patients with Fibromyalgia using Imagery” crosses so many disciplines it’s hard to categorize it, but that may be a strength of this particular journal, and of multi-disciplinary studies overall: applying and maintaining ethical sensibilities across a wide swathe of human intellectual endeavor seems a worthy practice.
Recommended for those hoping to become, and remain, principled leaders in their fields.