Research Areas on Jesuit Networking

We invite scholars from all disciplines, graduate students, and practitioners to consider research projects related to Jesuit networks and networking. For more information, see our Call for Research Projects. We encourage those projects that analyze or propose innovative approaches to networking. The following topics have been identified as some main areas of research. We also welcome projects that may not fit any of the following categories:

1 Systematic approach to Jesuit networking:

What is Jesuit networking? What networks already exist (e.g., universities, alumni, ministries)? How do they compare with one another? Is there a typology of networks that can be developed? What clarifying concepts and questions need to be addressed to assure viability and to discern purpose and scope?

2 Ignatian – theological values of networking:

How can Ignatian spirituality and/or Christian theology inform networking? Examples include: networking and Trinitarian theology, business/corporate social responsibility and Catholic Social Thought, mission, mobility, availability, union of hearts, hospitality, subsidiarity, mutuality, and solidarity. What areas or issues demand a networked response by the Jesuits?

3 Leadership for a networked world:

What models of leadership facilitate networking? What are some best practices in network leadership? What are the characteristics of this new type of leadership, new type of skill set? How can leaders better integrate Jesuit structures of authority with horizontally networked dynamics? How might the Jesuit traditions of communal discernment aid in networking? What role do governance and leadership structures play in the formation of right ecosystem for networking? How might the need for networking inform hiring decisions at local institutions?

4 Mission and identity in networks:

How do/can networks promote Jesuit identity and mission? What strategies are needed to promote corporate identity and common mission in the local mindset? What does it mean for a local Jesuit communities and institutions? How is our universal mission owned and implemented?;What role does the Jesuit identity play in networks that extend beyond the Society and beyond the church?

How might the Ignatian family serve as a platform to foster new and closer forms of collaboration locally, regionally, and internationally? How can Jesuits learn from and with others to network for better collaboration?

5 Ethical Questions:

What are the ethical questions related to networking? How do networks address issues of inequality, power, transparency, accountability, leadership, and legitimacy? What normative frameworks (e.g., Integrative Justice Model) are available for guiding ethical decisions?

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