One of the sub-areas of leadership that I have had a side interest in over the years is how leadership is manifested in religious organizations. From time to time I have conducted research in this area. Below, you can access research papers I have presented and published on this topic as well as applications of that research for leaders to assist them in leading their congregations.

Academic Research

Mendenhall, M.E. (2016). An ambivalent expatriate: The life of Runólfur Runólfsson. Mormon Historical Studies, 17 (1 &2): 315-335.

Mendenhall, M.E., Butler, F., Ehat, A. F. (2014). “Toward a refinement of the meta-construct of behavioral integration in upper echelons theory.” Academy of Management Proceedings. (1st ed., vol. 2014, pp. 11626).

Mendenhall, M.E., Ehat, A. W., Academy of Management, “Collaborative leadership in TMTs in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1844-present,” San Antonio, TX. (August 2011). Note: Winner of the Sage Leadership Paper Award, Management History Division of the Academy of Management, San Antonio, 2011.

Mendenhall, M.E., & Marsh, W.J. (2010) Voices from the past: Mary Parker Follett and Joseph Smith on collaborative leadership. Journal of Management Inquiry, 19(4): 284-303.

Mendenhall, M.E., & Marsh, W. J. (2006) On integration: The resurgence of Mary P. Follett and the uncelebrated contribution of Joseph Smith. Best Paper Proceedings, Academy of Management. doi:10.5465/AMBPP.2006.22898573. Download

Franck, L., Lynn, M.L., Mendenhall, M.E., & Oddou, G. (1982) Seven years of religious conversion: A selected annotated bibliography, 1975-1981. JSAS: Catalog of Selected Documents in Psychology. American Psychological Association, 12(3), 34 (MS 2479).

Applications for Leaders

Mendenhall, M.E., Gregersen, H.B., O’Driscoll, J., Swinton, H., & England, B. (eds.) (2010).  Joseph and Hyrum: Leading as one.  Provo, UT:  Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University. Read the book online here  Chapters from the book in pdf format can be downloaded here

Selected Chapters from the above book that I wrote (with co-authors):